women's clothing

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I’m probably just stupid, to be honest.
But let’s be real, trying on and actually finding a purchasable item is an impossible task.

I just want pretty things to wear why it gotta be so hard

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Collection’s Highlight: Feeley and Pollinger Two Piece Ensemble 

 This ensemble has the long bodice, high collar, and slightly puffed sleeves  indicative of the early 1890′s.  Joan L. Severa in Dressed for the Photographer  notes that during the early 1890s checked dresses made of wool were “suggested for general wear” (pg 459). On this particular piece the bodice hem is weighted to help the fabric keep its shape. In the lower photo of the back of the dress; please note how the dressmaker lined up the check pattern to form a perfect V shape down the back seam (how divine!). 

Fit note:  All those tiny little buttons on the bodice were a bit too delicate for me to pull through those button holes. So you will have to use your imagination. 

Bodice, 1891-1893, Feeley and Pollinger, wool, L: 23in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, N0542.1963(01)a.

Skirt, 1891-1893, Feeley and Pollinger, wool, L: 38.5 in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Gift of the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Cooperstown, New York, N0542.1963(01)b.

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Its All in the Details: Feeley and Pollinger Bodice 

One of the most eye catching things about this bodice is the interior lining.  It is a delightful silk with red and blue vertical stripes.  It is still bright and stunning. The top photograph shows that the high collar is partially made from a velve dicky that can be removed- presumably for easy cleaning or replacement. I also attached a photo of the interior construction for all of you costume recreationist.  Lastly, the dressmakers label to help anyone maybe working on dressmakers on New York State.  

Bodice, 1891-1893, Feeley and Pollinger, wool, L: 23in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, N0542.1963(01)a.