I like the shape of this dress for Mrs. Dickson's costume. It's simple and has a bell shape. It's not really emphasizing any part of her body but it's still feminine.
Dress Date: 1840s Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 51 in. (129.5 cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Judith and Ira Sommer Gift, 2008 Accession Number: 2008.19
Dress (image 2) | American | 1841-1844 | cotton | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession #: C.I.45.68.28
Afternoon dress, ca. 1843; cotton Metropolitan Museum of Art C.I.45.68.28; Gift of Art Worker’s Club, 1945 The extensive ruching on the bodice of this dress is similar to the more subdued gathering often used at the center front of both day and evening dresses of the period. At the same time, the large tucks on the skirt and the light materials look forward to the lingerie dresses of the early twentieth century.