1890 This dress is in keeping with the interest in historical revivals popular in the century. The long puffed sleeves refer to both Elizabethan and early styles. The one-piece construction indicates it was probably intended for formal reception at home.
While white is now de rigueur for bridal attire, the fashion for white wedding gowns originated only in the late century. This dress is a good example of the more practical century practice of brides wearing colored gowns for weddings.
Afternoon dress Made and worn by Ora Baily McCuthen, a concert pianist in San Diego. She was the daughter of James O. Baily, one of the first men to discover gold in the Julian area and one of the founders of Banner, California.