Woman's Dress with Dinner and Evening Bodices
Designed by Emile Pingat, French, 1820 - 1901. Worn by Mrs. Charles G. Roebling, American, 1855 - 1887.
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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.