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Too Good to Leave
Cream Wool Dress with Black Block-Print Design
Gift of Carol Winship
This three-piece dress was fashionable in the mid 1800s-several
decades before the Yakima Valley begins to attract many settlers
from "back East". Women's clothing of this period
often features lots of buttons, satin and ribbon trimming, and
a bell-shaped skirt, which was supported by hoops and multiple
The bodice on this dress has sloping shoulders, a full straight
sleeve, and a cut that comes to an exaggerated point at the front
and back of the waist. The trim is a mohair braid and a black
satin ribbon with steel beads. The small cape-like feature is
a part of the garment's design and is held closed with a large
self-fabric rosette with hook and eye.
Accessories for this era would have included shoes with 1/2"
heels, elastic-sided boots, kid leather gloves, bracelets, velvet
ribbons, hoop earrings, feather fans, parasols, and hair combs.