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Wedding dress

2000.439.1 (RS275046)

Description

This wedding dress is composed of silk gauze woven with a repeating floral scroll on an openweave background. The dress was originally made with a pointed front bodice and a deeply shirred skirt in the latest style for Lucy Tappan's wedding to Henry Bowen in 1844. It closes with hooks and eyes up the center back. The dress has been modified for use by later generations of the family for their own weddings. In its current form the deeply pointed V-shaped bodice hem is attached to the shirred skirt. The wide lace collar is tacked to the bodice at the neckline.The sleeves are short, ending just at the lace collar's hem. The bodice is boned and lined with cream-colored linen. The skirt is unlined.

Details

Label
This simple yet elegant silk dress and decorative collar shawl dates to c. 1844. The dressmaker is unknown. The dress was worn by Lucy Maria Tappan on the occasion of her marriage to Henry Chandler Bowen on June 6, 1844. Since then it was worn, and altered slightly, by successive generations of Bowen women for their weddings.
Maker
unknown
Date
1840-1844
modified at least once in the 1950s
Material
silk (textile)
Object type
Clothing -- Outerwear
Descriptive terms
Dress
silk (textile)
wedding dresses
Accession Number
2000.439.1
Credit Line
Gift of Charlotte Woodbury Spencer and Grace Woodbury Stone
GUSN
26528

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