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Woman's Dress with Dinner and Evening Bodices

c. 1885
Designed by Emile Pingat (French, 1820–1901) Worn by Mrs. Charles G. Roebling (American, 1855–1887)
This winter dinner dress was worn by Mrs. Charles G. Roebling of Trenton, whose husband, a philanthropist and engineer, was the son of John A. Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge. She married Roebling in 1877 and died ten years later at age thirty-two. It was common practice at the time for good dressmakers to provide their clients with two bodices for each dress: one with long sleeves for informal evening wear and a low-necked, sleeveless version for more formal events.

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