Dress ca. 1844. This conservative, very modest dress would have befitted Charlotte Bronte's fictional heroine, Jane Eyre. The dark brown silk taffeta holds subtle touches of luxury - a jacquard floral pattern, piped seams, and ruched ribbon edging - that enhance the quiet beauty of the dress. Museum at FIT
Madison Victorian Polonaise - The graceful polonaise jacket is made up in striped cotton and accented with ruffled lace at the collar, cuffs and hem of the extended side and back panels. An extra bustle panel at the center back is made up in black, and also features lace trim.