Costume and Textiles
Girl's Trained Dress and Bust PadsMade in United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American. Worn by Martha Rebecca Griffith, American, 1867 - 1870.
Dress: Printed wool twill, silk velvet ribbon, cotton machine-made Valenciennes lace, velvet-covered buttons with metal band, wool twill tape binding; Pads: glazed cotton plain weave with cotton stuffing
* Costume and Textiles Study Gallery, Perelman Building, second floor
2001-29-1a--cGift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Hughes, Jr., 2001
LabelMartha Griffith wore this very unusual dress when she was about two years old. It is a perfect miniature version of a typical adult woman’s day dress of the 1860s—not a party dress or costume. It’s not known why Martha’s parents chose to dress her like a grown-up, complete with a trained skirt and even small pads to fill out the bodice’s double darts.
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