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Girl's Trained Dress and Bust Pads

c. 1868-1869
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.

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