The Reception Dress
MR. AND MRS. GEN. TOM THUMB,
P.T. BARNUM, ESQ.
MRS. GEN. TOM THUMBíS RECEPTION
This dress was designed by Mme.
Demorest, of 473 Broadway. It was
ordered by Mr. Barnum, who gave
carte blanche as to style and cost.
The material is a superb quality of
taffetas, changing from amber to a
silvery white. The skirt, cut en
traine; and ornamented to represent
the emblems of different
nationalities on each separate
breadth, altogether forming an
elegant border round the skirt. The
design in front of the dress
represents Growing Corn for America;
on the right, a Rose, for England,
encircled by buds and leaves; on the
left, Laurel, for France; and on the
remainding breadths are exhibibted
an Acorn in oak leaves, for Germany;
a Shamrock, for Ireland; the
Thistle, for Scotland; and a Vine
with clusters of grapes for Italy.
The designs are traced in very
narrow point applique. The left side
is looped up nearly to the waist in
regal style, over a petticoat of
white glace silk, covered with
puffings of fine tulle, the
divisions being traced with seed
The corsage is arranged with tiny
folds of white satin, edged with
Point Applique, describing a little
jacket, rounded off from the
stomacher. The sleeves are short and
trimmed to match the corsage.
This dress was arranged with
reference to being worn at her
presentations at the Courts of queen
Victoria and the Empress Eugenie,
etc., and is altogether acknowledged
a great success.
Univ. Library, Special Collections
- Disability History Museum,
(March 04, 2009)
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