- Item 105477 - Lucia Wadsworth's "assembly dress," Portland, ca. 1799
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- Item 105477
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Lucia Wadsworth (1784-1864) reportedly wore this dress to an assembly, or social event, in 1799. The dress is representative of fashion around the turn of the 18th to the 19th century, when women favored simple white cottons.Show Details
The dress is made of a thin white imported muslin, with an embroidered floral spray design. Other stylish elements include a high waist, narrow bodice, low drawstring neckline, gathers at the back, and a train.
Lucia Wadsworth was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's aunt. She lived with the poet and his family at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, in the house she grew up in with her siblings. She was about 16 years old when she wore this dress to an assembly. The style was on trend for young women her age.