KCIDigital Archives

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Day Dress

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Day Dress

c. 1820 - unknown (Country)

Brown and blue striped silk taffeta; short bodice and dress set; silk taffeta cording and puff decoration on neckline of jacket; matching belt; four lines of flounces at hem of skirt.
Inventory Number(s)
AC4428 83-20-2AB

In this period, the use of colors was revived after the dominance of white that had begun in the early 19th century. This dress features inwoven stripes with a strong color combination of brown and blue. The waistline is still high, and the stripes emphasize the vertical lines. A pad is inserted at the center of the back to produce a beautiful back line floating down from the high waist. After a period when simple dresses had been popular, dresses were beginning to regain their glamour by the addition of decorations and colors.