1881 Wedding dress of ecru silk satin with elbow-length sleeves and a long overskirt panel which ends in a train. The sleeveless bodice and cylindrical skirt are hand quilted with a variety of floral images that Jane Grey Swisshelm reports are "from memory of a visit to Eagle's Nest Lake in Sherburne County ." Worn by Zoe Swisshelm, daughter of Jane Grey Swisshelm, abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.
This is an example of a woman’s formal day ensemble in Britain in the late 1730s. Elbow-length sleeves with a deep pleated cuff characterised the mantua, or gown, during this decade. The silk design represents an early example of the new patterns of the 1730s, which emphasised the three-dimensional nature of the forms. The dark, rich colours seen here were popular during the early decades of the 18th century.