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Collections Highlight: Chrysanthemum Gown

A great fact about this gown is that we know who made it, and that it was a WOMAN! Inside the gown is a dressmaker’s tape reading: “MJ De La Mater, 13 Park Street, Albany, NY.”  Period Albany directories list M(artha) J. De La Mater, dressmaker, at least from 1870 through 1881. 

Chrysanthemum Gown, Bodice and Skirt, ca. 1876, Martha J. De La Mater, Silk. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Harriet Stroudberg, N0129.1966, Photographed by Richard Walker.