This is a reproduction of May Welland's archery dress from "The Age of Innocence". It is from the 1870s, known as the "natural-form era" in dress history. This period came between the first and second bustle periods, and was defined by a lowering of the extreme bustle at the back, and long tied-back skirts that general swept the ground, even for day wear. The bodice remained very fitted. The use of lots of lace and trimmings was common during this period, as were white summer dresses.
This dress is made from white cotton and lace, with hand-embroidered collar and cuffs, and finished with a trimmed straw hat. It has a multiple layers of alternating lace and cotton ruffles, ruching, and a bodice with an extended, pleated back. Undergarments to achieve this look include a ruffled petticoat, chemise, and corset.