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Black two piece dinner dress with high neck and gigot sleeves. Embellished with exaggerated green velvet collar, neon ruffle front, jet beading, and floral design on skirt. French origin, imported by E. Craig. Dated to 1895, Elizabeth Vickers Anderson’s dress presents the cyclical nature of fashion with its voluminous leg-of-mutton sleeves, a style previously popular in the 1830s. Following popular fashion trends of the 1890s, Anderson’s dress utilizes contrasting fabrics, colors, and textures to create a visually striking look that typifies the design aesthetic of the period.



circa 1895


Silk velvet, satin, brocade, jet, horsehair


42 inches (length - skirt front), 46 inches (length - skirt bacK), 19 inches (length - neck to waist), 25 inches (waist), 14 inches (shoulder)

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Worn by Mrs. Elizabeth Vickers Anderson (1868–1930)

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Gift of Mrs. Kent Groff

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