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According to Agreeable Situations (Brick Store Museum, 1987) Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow (1778-1851) purchased this gown while on a trip to New Haven and New York in 1822.
Made by a "French modiste" or dressmaker or milliner, the custom gown features a wide belted waistband and other fashionable features.
Leaf motifs form a rounded puff, encircling the upper sleeves of a detailed, very fine quality dressmaker-made woven striped pink, (now faded) silk dress. The dress also features a spencer-like (short jacket) bodice, an apron front skirt, and sets of flaring double pleats at the back.
The skirt is decorated with an abstracted wave form around circumference of the hem, and the dress closes with silk ribbon ties. The original pale pink color of the fabric is visible on the interior of skirt, and at seam allowances.
About This Item
- Title: Zilpah Longfellow's detailed silk gown, Portland, ca. 1822
- Creation Date: circa 1822
- Subject Date: circa 1822
- Town: New Haven , New York , Portland
- County: Cumberland, New Haven, New York
- State: CT, ME, NY
- Media: silk, cotton
- Dimensions: 131.445 cm x 66.040 cm
- Local Code: A85-696
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Clothing & dress
- Longfellow family
- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1886--Family
- Longfellow, Zilpah Wadsworth, 1778-1851
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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