Day Dress: ca. 1850, English, plaid silk taffeta, skirt with five scalloped flounces. "A day dress adorned with five-tiered flounce. The flounce edges are cut in a scallop shape along the cross-grain (bias). In the middle of the 19th century skirts tended to be more rounded and often took bell-shaped forms. This contour was accentuated even further by many layers of horizontal flounces, ranging from two or three to dozens of layers."