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Historical Fashion ~ Women's Civil War

1845 ~ 1869..... is characterized by an increase in the width of women's skirts supported by crinolines or hoops. Wider bell-shaped or pagoda sleeves were worn over false undersleeves or engageantes of cotton or linen, trimmed in lace. Evening gowns were very low-necked, falling off the shoulders, and had short sleeves. The introduction of the steel cage crinoline in 1856 provided a means for expanding the skirt still further, and flounces gradually disappeared in favor of a skirt lying more smoothly over the petticoat and hoops. Pantalettes were essential under this new fashion for modesty's sake.

Women's, Shoes, 1865, Made of silk, linen, and leather

Pair of bright blue satin high shoes

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Slippers, Mid-19thc., Made of velvet, lace, and satin

Pair of very dark blue velvet slippers

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A Thomson crinoline cage, circa 1860.

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A pair of Gaudinot pale apricot cotton summer shoes, edged in black lace, French, circa 1865.

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