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Afternoon dress

Date:
ca. 1855
Culture:
French
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 58 3/4 in. (149.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of University of Virginia Drama Department, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.304.1
  • Description

    Nineteenth-century gauze dresses incorporate the romance of the buta motif in fabrics that bear no relation to the original Kashmiri wools. In the West, the paisley-wool ligature becomes dissociated, chiefly because of paisley's extraordinary popularity: it becomes a design motif for all seasons. By the twentieth century, paisley in the West comes to be associated was much with silk and cotton -- notably in home furnishings and men's neckties -- as with wool. (Shown with C.I.46.76.3a-e in background.)

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