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  two piece day dress c.1906
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  two piece day dress with black netting


This two piece ensemble is made of black and white printed cotton voile, cotton net, and is trimmed with pale pink ribbon. The high collar, three-quarter length sleeves, and train on the back of the skirt indicate that the garment was made and worn around 1906. The blouse has extra material in the front, which shows that it was probably worn over an s-shaped corset. The delicacy of the net bodice and sheer cotton fabric make it safe to assume this gown was worn by an upper class woman during the day.

During this period, many gowns were lavishly decorated with lace and ribbon details like this one. The early twentieth century, sometimes called the Golden Era or La Belle Epoque was characterized by elaborate Edwardian fashions, technological advancements such as the first successful flight by the Wright brothers in 1903, and a firm belief in progress.






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This webpage was made possible with the support of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the CSUS Media Center.

The website and costume research were created by Dr. Mary Botkin and the students of FACS 199;Courtney Haueter, Chelsea Perri, Joy Sun, and Rachel Young.

The costumes belong to the Costume Collection of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Costume photographs by Sam Parsons of the CSUS Media Center.