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Day dress, Britain, 1885. Printed cotton stitched onto cotton foundation skirt. Basqued bodice falls over cascade of drapery to create bustled silhouette. Dresses usually comprised separate pieces arranged onto foundation skirt. Here, pleated ruffles machine-sewn onto front panel of skirt to give impression of multi-layered garment. Swathe of fabric at top of skirt, “scarf drapery,” created simulated overskirt when pulled up & pleated into side seams. Victoria & Albert Museum

Dress - 1885 - The Victoria & Albert Museum

880 Servant Apron Apron made of white linen with the bib pleated into the waistband. Two straps from the bib go over the shoulders to pin at back waist. Skirt pleated onto band which extends to form straps to pin at back. Pocket on right. Bib pocket and hem ornamented with insertions of coarse drawn-thread embroidery.

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Dress - 1887-1889 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Afternoon Dress - 1882 - The Museum at FIT

Evening Dress - Charles Fredrick Worth, 1887 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Girl's Dress - 1876 - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Girl's Dress - 1881 - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Girl's Dress - 1880-1882 - The Henry Ford Historic Costume Collection

Two-piece dress, ca. 1880s. Silk lined with silk faille. Bodice and overskirt are one piece; tone-on-tone ivory striped skirt is another. Skirt may not be original to bodice & overskirt. Bodice trimmed with blush & sage silk ribbon and closes in front with buttons made of thread.

Riding Jacket - 1885-1886 - The Victoria & Albert Museum - For much of the nineteenth century fashionable women wore dark woollen tailored jackets inspired by men’s coats. Many women’s jackets were embellished with details borrowed from military uniform. Braiding was a popular form of decoration inspired by ornamentation on regimental dress as well as the flamboyant hussar designs.

Riding Jacket - 1885-1886 - The Victoria & Albert Museum - For much of the nineteenth century fashionable women wore dark woollen tailored jackets inspired by men’s coats. Many women’s jackets were embellished with details borrowed from military uniform. Braiding was a popular form of decoration inspired by ornamentation on regimental dress as well as the flamboyant hussar designs.

Corsage Ornament - Vever, 1885-1890 - Sotheby’s

Evening Cloak - 1885-1889, French - The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The chinoiserie print covered in the vermiculate gold chainstitch alongside the contrasting embroidered net trim encompasses the wearer in lavish exoticism. It was fashionable in the period to seek such exoticism in home furnishings as well as fashion. The design vocabulary of the world was often reinterpreted in embroidery styles throughout the period.