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Circa late 1850s-early 1860s

Ladies' Bodice

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Costume location:

Virginia Commonwealth University
Dept. of Fashion Design & Merchandising
Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Ladies' bodice with a V-neckline and wide pagoda sleeves. It closes down the center-front with hooks and eyes. The bodice is straight across the waistline and is of the shorter length worn in the late 1850s. There are pads attached inside the bodice in the outer bust area, slightly in front of the armpits. The fabric consists of brown stripes on a beige background. The neckline, center front opening, and sleeves are embellished with aqua-colored silk ribbon. The sleeve edges are garnished with beige fringe. Above the pagoda sleeves are two rows of ruching on the upper arm. The sleeve cap is off the natural shoulder line; a style very fashionable during the 1850s and 1860s.

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