This forest green wool dress is a two-piece outfit – bodice and skirt. Both display the styling fashionable in the 1890s. It has the wonderful puffy sleeves and long, full but smooth skirt. The Gibson Girl look was popularized by Charles Dana Gibson through his many, often satirical, illustrations in newspapers and magazines. Our dress has elaborate trim of copper, green and silver beads and sequins on green net over green satin, along with bands of satin braid and ribbons.

It was worn by the donors’ grandmother, Claudia Rhodes Dunbar (1865-1949) in Spartanburg, and would have been perfect for holiday gatherings.

She might have carried a purse like this one, green suede pouch that folds at the top. It has a green drawstring cord handle and is trimmed with white and green beaded fringe and beaded tassel. It was given to the Museum in memory of the donor’s mother, Ruth Layton Griffin (1914-1975) but was more likely carried by her mother, Ellen Row Sisson Layton (1886-1956) of Georgetown.

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday