Columbia Hand Knit Fashions 1948, photo by Conant-Bradley
Detail of an evening dress of cream silk brocade decorated with panels of Indian embroidery and beetle wings. This gown, which has a nineteen-inch waist, is decorated with net panels embroidered with gold thread and beetle wing cases from a species of jewel beetle. The panels were probably made in India where Madras and Calcutta were centres for beetle-wing embroidery made for the European market. 1892 - 1894
The over-the-top expression of opulence seen in this 1910 ball gown worn by a prominent member of the Astor family is a testament to the degree of ostentation required at certain events in order to stand out from the crowd. The dense sequin and bead embroidery on the gown would have created a beautiful shimmering effect. Made by Mrs. Osborn Company, America. Via MMA.
Victorian antique lace dress
Ball gown ca. 1908 From the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Dress c.1885-1886 By Charles Fredrick Worth The Museum Of The City Of New York