ribbed silk

Afternoon Dress

Medium: Olive ribbed silk and silk velvet

Date: c.1882

Country: USA

Although this dress in olive ribbed silk was probably worn in the United States, it was made from European textiles, which were most likely woven in Lyons, France. The front panel of voided velvet has a stylized floral pattern that recalls antique Italian and Ottoman textiles depicting pomegranates or carnations. This elegant ensemble reminds us that historical and exotic themes were of great importance in the fashion culture of the later 19th century.