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Nom de l'objet : dress
Type de l'objet : wedding
Catégorie de l'objet : Personal Artifacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Clothing - outerwear
Discipline : local history
Matériaux : fibre
Numéro d'accession : 981.15.3
Province d'origine : New Brunswick ?
Pays d'origine : Canada ?
Province d'utilisation : New Brunswick
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Culture : Canadian
Date de fin de production : 1874 c
Description : This wedding dress from the late nineteenth century is representative of the stylistic design which was popular at the time. This dress consists of three separate pieces: jacket, overskirt and underskirt. The jacket consists of a short-waisted bodice with a short basque and long sleeves which terminate with short ruffle decorating the exterior of the sleeve, below which sits a faux-cuff embellished with fabric-covered buttons (which appear in various locations all over the garment). The neckline of the collar sits high on the back of the neck and is bored on the inside with a series of knife-pleated ruffles. At the base of the jacket front are small pockets located at the hips which feature buttons on either side of the pocket openings. The front of the jacket consists of a twelve-button closure which ends at the waist in a slight downward "V" at the base. This area of the garment gives the appearance of being two separate pieces as the base of the closure is much shorter than the outer hip-section featuring the pockets, suggesting an inner bodice and outer jacket. The back of the jacket is elongated and rests above the bustle. On either side of the hips, the jacket consists of revered panels which are fastened with single fabric-covered buttons. Also at the rear base of the garment is a gored section embellished with a sharp wave pattern of rolled fabric forming a tube. This design is mirrored on both flaps and meets at the hem of the jacket. At the pinnacle of this embellishment sits a decorative bow held in place with a button. This garment is fitted with three darts which run vertically along the back of the jacket. The overskirt is extremely simple in design, lying flat in the front of the garment and falling with slight ruffles over the bustle in the rear. Each side of the overskirt features revers which descend from the hip and are secured with five buttons. This design imitates the revers on the rear of the jacket in an exaggerated fashion. The wide hemline of the overskirt is made of a section of the same fabric used in the overall design of the dress. The underskirt of this dress is also quite simple yet elegant. Embellished with two flat-pleats and one upward reverse pleat (which incorporates its own narrow hemline), travels the circumference of the dress, ¾ to the floor. Below this decoration sits a soft wave to which each crest is attached decoratively to the pleats above with a buttoned flap. This embellishment also travels the perimeter of the dress. The hemline for this section is not as wide as that of the overskirt.
Commentaires : Wedding dresses of the 1870s were frequently designed in colours other than white. This would allow the bride to wear her dress for special occasions following her wedding day. Fashionable colours available for the dress were variations of "plum colours". During this time, the newest technology of the sewing machine made creating fashionable designs much quicker and sewing done by hand was normally only used on finishing details. As women became more familiar with this machine, styles of garments became more elaborate.
Fonctions : This wedding gown was worn by Miss Mary Helen Maxwell for her May 6th, 1874 wedding to Mr. Edgar Hill.
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Établissement : Charlotte County Museum
Ville de l'établissement : St. Stephen
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
Site web de l'établissement :   Facebook-Charlotte County Museum 

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