Dress of bright green silk taffeta. Fitted bodice (a) has high neck with button-front closure, drop shoulder sleeves, and upturned cuffs at wrist. Attached short peplum is open in the front; it covers the hips and is edged with dark green silk tasseled fringe. Removable collar (b) has silk satin-trimmed lapels and fringe edging. Skirt (c) is floor-length with train. Pleated, satin-trimmed ruffle along bottom hem. Silk taffeta two-layered apron (d) with back tie closure.
Worn by Mrs. Robert S. Elder, née Harriet Newell Dewey, mother of the donors, to her wedding in 1874.
This wedding dress shows that even by the late nineteenth century, non-white wedding gowns were still popular. The Museum's collection reflects the changing trend to ivory, which began in earnest in the 1890s. The style of skirt featured here is referred to as a tie-back due to internal ties that allow the wearer to adjust the fullness to her liking. When untied, the skirt is easier to store.