Day Dress
Day Dress
Day Dress
Day Dress
Day Dress
Day Dress
Day Dress

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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing ➔ Day Dress

A women's day dress from c.1850-1860 which would have been worn with a crinoline or hoop skirt. The dress is made from silk and features the dropped shoulder, the pagoda sleeves, and the bib-like front that was fashionable for dresses during this decade. The blue and beige checked fabric is an attractive feature of this dress because of its excellent condition and unique pattern. The design is highly representational as well because of the newness of this type of check which was designed around 1851 by French designer, Koechlin of Alsace. It was referred to as "California" and likely as a reference to the California gold rush of 1848–1855.

This dress was used during trunk shows in Grand Rapids in the 1970s that were put on by Merna Ofield who eventually returned to the Kutsche family. Ofield had a large collection of historic clothing that she acquired from local individuals and would put on dress up shows that showcased the history of the clothing. Other items used in her trunk shows can be found in the Museum's collection.
circa 1850 – 1860
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift of Mrs. Ruth Kutsche

Mrs. Ruth Kutsche

Merna Ofield
Related Place
Grand Rapids
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