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April 14, 2010


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Jade Bettin

I'm curious as to where the blouse opens. It is clear that if it is a side front opening, it is hidden very well! It looks like it could be hidden in a pleat at center back.

FIDM Museum

Hi Jade,

The bodice has a center front hook and eye closure. The floral taffeta panel is "puffed" over the hook and eye closures, almost like a false front. If you look at the third image, you can see that the floral taffeta wraps around the neck and closes at the center back.

Hope that answers your question! Let me know if you'd like any additional information.

Jade Bettin

Thanks for the reply! I reproduced a bodice from a 1896-97 and it used that method to cover the closure too. This one just looked like it might be a bit more complicated.

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