Wedding dress with pinked flounces, Espérance Pos, 1891

Wedding dress with pinked flounces, Espérance Pos, 1891

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The tiny waist (59 cm) of the Amsterdam bride Seraphine Asscher came very close to the then prevailing ideal of beauty: the perfect waist fit between two male hands. In keeping with tradition, the seamstress made a modest dress for this Jewish bride, but decorated the bodice and train with fashionable ruffled ‘effilé flounces.’ This technique involves cutting away fabric to create movement and texture.

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