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History & Notes: As the father of seven girls and two boys, Peter Hopley hired a seamstress bi-annually to clothe his family in seasonal fashions. This dress was made for his daughter, Minnnie, shortly before her marriage to Fred Muffley in Lewis, Iowa. While the newlyweds initially settled in Hailey, Idaho, they eventually moved on to Soldier, Idaho. Minnie's finery, including her wardrobe of exquisite gowns, linens, crystals, silver, and china, had already crossed the country on a locomotive, and to move everything into their remote new home, the Fred hired a wagon train. Minnie and Fred eventually moved to Boise, Idaho while maintaining their business in Soldier. Minnie passed away in 1977 at 92 years of age. In 2000, Minnie's daughter in law donated this gown to the Idaho State Historical Society.
Description: Long maroon satin empire gown with a modified square neckline and floor length, gored skirt terminating in a wide train. Bretelles edged in mauve velvet frame a scooped bib of ruching which contains a bloused pleated portion striped with three vertical bands of mauve velvet. Triangular band of multicolored floral embroidery sits atop the neckline and partially extends onto the shoulders. Sleeve fronts are ruched with gold cord trim at the split cuffs. Skirt has bands of mauve velvet ribbon over a self tuck. Back, neck and bodice trimmed with ruching and tucks which hide the hook and eye bodice closure. A sewn in pleated sash waistband is trimmed with a satin rosette at the back with a long sash ending in velvet baubles dangling to the right of the closure. A placket decorated with 11 covered velvet buttons hides hook and eye closure of the skirt. Bodice is lined with cream silk and has sewn in support boning while the skirt it partially lined at the hem with a tan polished cottong woven tape.
Object Number: 2000.040.0001
Object: dress
Category: Women's Garments
Circa: 1900
Materials: textile , metal

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Side view of a long maroon satin empire gown from the 1910s
Front view of a long maroon satin empire gown from the 1910s
Back view of a long maroon satin empire gown from the 1910s
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