Wedding dress, 1863. Dark brown silk brocade embroidered w/pattern of small, light purple rosebuds. Fitted bodice w/stays sewn into front. High standing collar. Dropped shoulders w/set-in sleeves; sleeves fitted & trimmed w/black lace & beads at wrist. Crocheted buttons down center front opening. Skirt in crinoline style. Very full at center back waist, w/small pleats & gathers. Inverted pleats at sides. Plain front. Ankle length in front; slight train in back. Chicago History Museum
Dress This dress is made of white cotton woven with pairs of very fine red silk stripes. The cotton is quite coarse and probably would have been produced in India as English cotton from the same period was of better quality. The fabric is roughly embroidered with small floral sprigs, mostly in brown, green and yellow silks.
Evening gown, Elsa Winschester, New York, ca. 1912. Ivory swirl & polka dot silk brocade trimmed w/gold rope braid. Modesty of gold bullion lace. Boned bodice is dart-fitted and has ovulary of black silk chiffon trimmed w/gold bullion braid. Around neck, overlapping front, is black bugle-beaded motif that gives appearance of lace and is under chiffon. Cummerbund at natural waistline Gored skirt w/pleated chiffon overskirt w/beaded hemline. Bodice fully lined in ivory silk. Vintage Martini