Photo Description

FSAHION DATE: Circa 1899-1901

HAT DESCRIPTION: The hat to the costume appears to be older than the dress. The smaller brimmed hats were more fashionable in the late 1890s. The hat appears to have ostrich feathers circling around the brim.

COSTUME DESCRIPTION: The pigeon breast bodice is hinting towards a new fashion silhouette and a new century. The skirt still says 1890 with the flaring skirt and train. The large tucks on the skirt, bodice, and sleeves provide a crisp feel to the style of the costume. The key factor to dating this costume is the bib that the woman is wearing over her shoulders. These striped bibs were fashionable during the latter years of the 1890s. Note that her belt matches the striped bib.

HAIRSTYLE DESCRIPTION: The lady's hairstyle is a classic for this time period, full and loose.

Identification Marks on Photo

Name of Lady: None provided

Type of Photo: Cabinet Card, Size of image, 4" W X 5.5" H

Studio: Bloomingdale Bros.

Studio Location: 59th St. & 3rd Ave, New York, New York, USA

Date: None

Other information: None

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Disclaimer: The photos located on this website, "Pretty as a Picture," are property of The Costume Gallery collection. They may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission from Penny E. Ladnier, owner of The Costume Gallery. The circa dates given for the photos are an educated guess, from analyzing the fashions worn in the photo. When an actual date is provided on the photo, that date will be included in the identification marks section. The location stated by the studio may be a clue as to where this photo was taken. Please take it as a clue. Many photographers traveled to locations and took photographs… meaning that the photo may not have been taken in the same city or town as the address of the studio.