- Item 105493 - Iridescent shot silk crinoline dress, Farmington, ca. 1869
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- Item 105493
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Supported and shaped by stiff horsehair petticoats, this period’s wide skirts became known as crinolines. The name derives from the French word "crin" meaning horsehair.Show Details
The shot silk taffeta dress features a detached fringed pelerine or caplet, that matches a purple crinoline skirt, with shoulder-to-waist gold fringe attached to the bodice, creating a fashionable 'small cape' effect.
Shot silk is also called changeable silk or changeable taffeta. The fabric is woven in two or more different colors which produces an iridescent sheen.
The dress is associated with Mrs. Mary Reed (Cutler) Goodenow who lived from 1806-1873, wife of Robert Goodenow. The couple lived in Farmington.