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Object ID 1952.019.001
Object Name Gown, Wedding
Collection Costume and Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Hillborn Darlington, Jr.
Date 1871
Description Hand and machine-stitched, three-piece wedding outfit made from ecru silk faille that consists of a bodice, skirt, and decorative overskirt. The bodice comes to a point at the front and back and is front fastening with nine wood buttons covered with ivory silk and ivory crocheted floral motifs. There is also a cotton twill waist tab that fastens with three sets of hooks and eyes (all present). It has a high neck that is trimmed with a band of piping and wide, three-quarter length pagoda sleeves. The shoulders are slightly dropped and decorated with two 3" wide puffs. Each cuff has a 1 3/4" wide band of ivory silk satin on the outside and a 1 1/2" wide band of ivory ruching along the inside of the cuff. There is decorative lacing down the center of the back and the bottom of the bodice is trimmed with a 1/2" wide band of ivory silk satin.

The skirt is front closing (one hook and two eyes left) and is unlined with a 10-16" wide band of stiffened buckram around the inside of the hem. It has a 23" long train at the back. There is one pocket at the right side. It is trimmed at the front with two bows of silk faille and ivory silk satin. It is heavily gathered at the back to be worn with a bustle.

The decorative overskirt is made from the same silk faille fabric with silk satin trim as the rest of the outfit and fits over the back part of the skirt, fastening at the front. It has a large, heavily gathered puff at the back that is created and shaped on the inside by three 1/4" wide twill tape supports. There is a tiny 2" long x 3" wide interior pocket at the waist on the left side. The back has a large dropped decorative bow below the puff that is flanked on each side by a 7" long oval ruffle, the right one of which is embellished with a sprig of faux orange blossoms (missing on the opposite side).
Dimensions L-53 inches
Dimension Details Approximate overall length of the outfit as worn; bodice is 20 1/4" long overall with 17 1/2" wide shoulders and a 25" waist; the skirt is 37" long from the waist to the front hem and the train adds an additional 23" at the back; the overskirt is 39" long overall and 27" at the front.
Owned Mary Rosalie Bush Lounsberry
Used Mary Rosalie Bush Lounsberry
Provenance This outfit belonged to the donor's paternal grandmother, Mary Rosalie Bush, who wore it for her marriage to Norman Olmstead Lounsberry on March 14, 1871.
Subjects Wedding costume
Clothing & dress
Search Terms Wedding Dresses
Mary Rosalie Bush
Mary Rosalie Bush Lounsberry
Nineteenth Century
Material Silk faille; silk satin trim; cotton lined bodice