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Too Good to Leave Behind
Gray MoirÃ© Empire-Waist Dress
Gift of Carol Winship
The puffy sleeves on this garment are called gigot or leg-oÃ•-mutton.
The fabric is a coarse silk taffeta, sometimes called tabby, and, typical
for everyday clothes of the period, is of a dull color. The matching
bonnet has 12 bands of curved wood with silk smocked in between. Completing
the outfit would have been long gloves, if the dress had short sleeves,
and a fan. The accompanying shoes would be made of silk or muslin, tied
with ribbon, and with no heels. The use of rouge and pearl powder on
the face was popular.