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Costume history

The sketch is titled “Air Expanded Skirt” and the garment is indeed just that. Helen Traphagen patented the “Victoria Inflated Skirt” in 1857. Documents Collection. Museum of the City of New York. 36.406.1

Clothing & dress | mcnyblog

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Evening dress, Worth, circa 1884. Striped dark and light brown silk brocade and velvet. Long bodice with portrait neckline trimmed in brown green satin; off-white lace cuffs. Skirt with brown green satin back panel that extends into a train. Trimmed with dark and light brown silk fringe and tassels.

France ~ 1919 That outfit is a straight up Chanel original there on the left, and both are wearing original chapeaux also by Mademoiselle Chanel

Augustus John, Dorelia, c 1910, Chalk on paper, 14 3/8 x 7 inches

Augustus John | Dorelia | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Day dress of unbleached linen with green silk underslip, 1901-2, Misses Leonard, St. Paul, US, Minnesota Historical Society (And a post from the Dreamstress about brown linen)

Mug shot: Goldie Williams, alias Meg Murphy. Vagrancy, Omaha, Nebraska, 1898

Historic Nebraska Mug Shots, Goldie Williams

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