Once again, I have another find from the Metropolitan Museum of Art . . . I think that may be the case for a while, as I can’t stop finding things I like there!
Today, I want to share this unique dress from ca. 1885. I’ve always loved the shape of this time period, and the creative design of this ensemble really catches my attention.
This dress belonged to Amelia Beard Hollenback (1844-1918), wife of the prominent financier and philanthropist John Welles Hollenback (1835-1927). . .Like many of the garments in Hollenback gift, this dress was most likely custom-made by a Brooklyn-based dressmaker. The unusual color and intriguing use of solid and striped wool fabric in this day dress has a folkloric aesthetic, which may have been inspired by an Amelia Hollenback’s travels through the Southwest. The inventive asymmetrical draping shows a high level of sophistication and design sensibility that was atypical for a day dress.