Antebellum Era Ball Gown
The term Antebellum or ante-bellum (literally, Latin for “before the war”) refers to the time period preceding the war. The Antebellum Era in the United States refers to pre-Civil War America, especially the pre-Civil War culture in the southern states. Even though we call them “Civil War Dresses”, it is the lovely flowing styles from the pre-war period that have endured in our minds and become the ultimate symbol of femininity for so many women.
Date: ca.1860 Culture: probably American Medium: silk, cotton Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick van Beuren Joy, in memory of Mrs. Jacob Harsen Halsted, 1983 http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/82148?img=4