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Hope Overland Trail Dress


Hope Overland Trail Dress
Hope Overland Trail Dress

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This dress represented real freedom as it was worn without corset, bustle or hoops. It had plenty of room for movement and freedom and expectant mom's. The extra fullness was afforded by mimicking French fashion seen in 18th century gowns and rendered by artist Antoine Watteau. Hence the "Watteau" pleat. Invented by women and criticized by men the larger skirts blowing in the wind would spook horses and legislation was considered to make it unlawful to wear one in public without a belt or apron. This dress and others like it crossed the prairies in the westward expansion. The HOPE dress features a fold over round collar and leg-o-muttin cuffs. Sleeves were gathered and full at top and cuff and there are ruffles on the sleeve caps. The front yoke features a button closure and a placket opening below . Hems were generally deep.

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