Woman's suit, comprised of jacket & skirt:
a) jacket; light brown grosgrain waist length with long sleeves puffed at the shoulder. Deep cuffs decorated with silver and bronze beads. Front is pleated from the neck with a collar decorated like the cuffs. Bodice construction consists of vertical waist darts, boned and unlined. Closure is hook and eye. Back forms a point.
b) skirt; light brown grosgrain "tulip" shaped consisting of tubular silhouette with flare at bottom. Back has bustle and three rows of ruffles at the bottom. Fully lined with faced hem. Inner tapes sewn to inside back regulate the height or width of the bustle. Slight train at back bottom. Waist has been taken in.
From the exhibit "The Story of Littleton in 125 Objects": According to the donor, this dress suit, with its intricate and elegant beadwork, belonged to Mrs. Charlie Bowles (Adelaide Nell Bowles). The dress was believed to have been purchased around 1895 for Mrs. Bowles' trousseau.
|Caption||Woman's skirt and jacket; 1895|