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Model of Woman's Dress: Bodice and Skirt

Artist/maker unknown, French?. Probably made for Gimbel Bros..

Possibly made in France, Europe

c. 1905

Blue and white checked silk plain weave, cotton machine lace

Circumference (Bodice Bust): 24 1/4 inches (61.6 cm) Waist (Bodice): 14 1/2 inches (36.8 cm) Center Back Length (Bodice): 11 inches (27.9 cm) Waist (Skirt): 14 1/2 inches (36.8 cm) Center Back Length (Skirt): 30 inches (76.2 cm) Center Front Length (Skirt): 25 1/2 inches (64.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William Hill Steeble and Martha B. Newkirk in memory of their mother, Mrs. I. Roberts Newkirk, 1977

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Although this dress is small, it was not made for a child, but rather as a scale model of an extremely fashionable woman’s dress of the period. Probably made in France and used at Gimbel Brothers department store in Philadelphia, this miniature creation showed customers the shape, style, and exquisite detailing of a luxurious day dress they could order in full size.

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