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The gigot (aka "mutton chop" or "leg of mutton") sleeve was in fashion during the 1830s, but it's form changed considerably over the course of the decade.
The brown silk dress and matching cape feature a gathered, puffed lower arm detail that's quite a deflation from earlier gigot styles, which resembled balloons at the shoulder or large mid-arm puffs. This more subdued late-decade sleeve detail lingered for a time, competing with the new 1840s straight sleeve.
The bodice is also a precursor to styles in the 1840s to 1860s, when a pointed waist became an established fashion trend. The dress is associated with Leavitt family of Eastport.
About This Item
- Title: Gigot (mutton chop) sleeve dress, Eastport, ca. 1838
- Creation Date: circa 1838
- Subject Date: circa 1838
- Town: Eastport
- County: Washington
- State: ME
- Media: silk, metal, cotton
- Dimensions: 136.525 cm x 304.8 cm
- Local Code: A86-73 a,b
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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