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This dress is an excellent example of the mid-19th-cenutry silhouette, but the flamboyant, saccharine pink color of the dress is most certainly its focal point. I plan to include this dress in my 2018 exhibition about the history of pink in fashion. Pictured here with its day bodice, the ensemble also includes a separate bodice for evening wear.

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  • Title: Afternoon dress Front detail
  • Date Created: c. 1857
  • Location Created: USA
  • Type: Two-piece dress
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Pink silk taffeta
  • Credit: Museum purchase

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