Pelerine: ca. 1830 Culture: probably Swiss Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length at CF: 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Ellen M. Austen, 1915
Women during the Romantic period would wear perelines, which were wide, cape like collars that extended over the shoulders and down across the bosom. They were very popular and added decoration to outfits.
Cotton canezou, Summer gown bodice or jacket of tabby cotton, trimmed in horizontal rows of whitework eyelet lace and piped bands set against sheer muslin, sleeves overlaid with eyelet trimmed double caps at shoulders, long sleeves ending in 6" eyelet and gauze cuffs, three thread button and waist-tie back closure, 1825-1835