Girl's Trained Dress and Bust Pads
Artist/maker unknown, American. Worn by Martha Rebecca Griffith, American, 1867 - 1870.
Martha 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.