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Antebellum Fashion

Clothing and accessories worn by men and women before and during the American Civil War.

Formal dress worn to a wedding, circa late 1860s

White organdy skirt and blouse decorated with silver embroidery and iridescent beetle wings, c. 1860s (blouse remade in the 1930s).

Figured Silk Day Dress, 1858-1862

Blue and cream evening dress, circa 1860s

Suit worn by Jefferson Davis at the time of his capture

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Plaid silk, pleated; European, ca 1857. This view shown with black lace collar, undersleeves; colored gloves, decorated bonnet, parasol. MET

Ensemble ca. 1855 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dress ca. 1866 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress ca. 1868-1867 via The McCord Museum.

Dress ca. 1860-1861 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Court train, ca. 1850.

Dress (Ball Gown). House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris). Date: ca. 1872. Culture: French. Medium: silk. Dimensions: Length at CB (a,b,c): 55 in. (139.7 cm). Length (c): 23 in. (58.4 cm).

FIGURED SILK DAY DRESS, 1858-1862 Go Back Lot: 583 March/April 2005 Vintage Clothing & Textile Auction New Hope, PA 2-piece chocolate brown silk faille w/ small gold floral brocade, box pleated skirt, bodice w/ bishop's sleeve, etched brass ball buttons, B 36", W 28", Skirt L 38", excellent.

1850s Silk faille gown from the Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection.