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Two-piece dark suit worn by Helen Gammon Patrick, York, ca. 1877

Two-piece dark suit worn by Helen Gammon Patrick, York, ca. 1877

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Brick Store Museum

By the 1860s hardly an issue of the popular ladies' magazines was without a "redingote" or riding outfit.

Masculine down to the waist, the jacket was often worn with a man's collar and tie. The skirt was designed to open into voluminous folds and the outfit was crowned by a man's top hat and veil.


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