Dress of off white silk faille decorated with pearl beads and embroidered net. Fitted bodice (a) with standing collar; front has net insert from neck to waist; bands of pearl beading at collar, chest, bust, and hip; three-quarter sleeves with net insets at shoulders; pearl bead and lace trim at cuff. Self-fabric skirt (b) has embroidered net overlayer; floor-length; long train of self-fabric with white lace dust ruffle.
Worn by Alice Minard Barbour, mother of donor, at her marriage to William Cleaveland Bodman.
This wedding dress shows the transition in skirt style in the 1880s. At the beginning of the decade, the bustle was flat with a long sweeping train, and by the mid-to-late 1880s, the bustle was much more pronounced, jutting out directly from the waist.