Dress

1890's

Object

Object Info

Object: dress
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1985.42

Medium/Technique

Leather, glass beads, and fur

Credit

The L. D. and Ruth Bax Collection

More Info

Dimensions

height: 57 in, 144.7800 cm; width: 55 in, 139.7000 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Native Arts-American Indian

Known Provenance

L. D. and Ruth Bax, Denver, CO, before 1985; Denver Art Museum, 1985.

Caption

Nez Percé artist, Dress, 1890s. Leather, glass beads, and fur; 57 x 55 in. Denver Art Museum: The L.D. and Ruth Bax Collection, 1985.42

Extended Info

The artist who created this fancy dress used a variety of decorative techniques to make it as attractive as possible. The foundation is soft deerskin. Rows of colorful glass beads undulate across the shoulders. Layers of long fringe at the bodice, sides, and bottom of the skirt intensify the wearer's movements. As a final touch the artist left the tail of the deer as an extra element at the neckline.