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Civil War Wrappers

A wrapper was a front-closing, expandable gown that you used while doing housework, or to cover your undergarments while you were getting ready for the day. Pregnant ladies also favored them since they expanded at the back to "grow" with your figure. Wrappers weren't usually seen by the general public, which is a shame because ladies often used wild and exciting designs and colors on them!

Woman's Morning Dress Europe, circa 1865 Costumes; principal attire (entire body) Cotton muslin Center back length: 62 in. (157.48 cm) Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne (M.2007.211.667) Los Angeles County Museum of Art

All The Pretty Dresses: American Civil War Era Wrapper Dress



Civil War era dress and cape with Union military influence.

RARE Civil War Era Gown w Union Military Influence

Antioch Historical Society display - 1

Antioch Historical Society display

Wool & silk wrapper, c.1860

Lovely cotton sheer early 1860s

Adventures of a Costumer: 1860's Silk Wrapper A lovely wrapper

Dressing gown Date: ca. 1875 Culture: American Medium: wool, silk

Two Ladies' Garments, C. 1860, Augusta Auctions, November 13, 2013 - NYC, Lot 126

Blue gaberdine maternity dress with a ribbed front panel, circa 1860. Via Kentucky Historical Society.

Dressing/morning gown, 1850s

Abiti Antichi- Collezione 1840-1869

First Born 1863 Jonghe, Gustave Leonard de (1829-93) oil on panel Private Collection Haynes Fine Art at the Bindery Galleries, Broadway Out of copyright

Rare Civil War Era Gown w/ Union Military Influence