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Fig. b. Evening dress of deep violet silk, trimmed on the edge of the skirt by a pinked, box-plaited ruffle with a silk band studded with large beads or buttons. The overdress is striped violet-and-white silk, trimmed with bands of violet silk studded with beads, and Cluny lace. The low, square corsage is filled in with a fluting of French muslin. The wreath is of violets with frosted foliage. Fig. c. Reception dress of Bismarck silk, with overskirt of black silk trimmed with narrow velvet and jet ornaments.
Matching fringe. Fig. b. “The latest French fashion, hardly yet introduced among us.... ” The material is merino, made to fit the figure, confined at the waist with a cord and tassel; Hungary sleeves; short skirt, trimmed with a cord and lined with colored silk. Fig. c. Blue velvet mantilla cloak, trimmed with swansdown. Velvet hat. Fig. d. Striped silk dress, pointed corsage. Fanciful piping down sides of skirt. Velvet bonnet. Fig. e. Lavender silk coat dress. Moderate size cape, tight sleeves, narrow belt.
Hale, in order to obtain her services. The first female editor in the United States, Mrs. Hale was a widow with five children. A true daughter of the republic, her chief interest lay in using the printed page as a forum to champion women’s rights. She campaigned for higher education for women, helped to shape the policy and curriculum of Vassar College, urged the admission of women to medical schools, advocated the retention of their property rights after marriage, dignified homemaking with the term “domestic science,” and editorialized about these subjects on numerous occasions.