Dress: ca. 1885, American, silk, silk chenille fringe. "The exquisite brocaded fabric of this dress exhibits a strong East Asian influence. The clusters of roundels contain Chinese motifs, such as plum blossoms, thunder patterns, overlapping waves, and the Chinese character shou, which symbolizes long life. Because plum blossoms bloom in the harshness of winter and continue into early spring, they symbolize vitality and celebrate the arrival of spring."