Categories
Log in
There’s more to see...
Sign up to see the rest of what’s here!

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.

Bonnet, 1850, Made of velvet

Black velvet bonnet

mfa.org

Parasol, Mid-19thc., Made of silk and lace

Parasol | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

mfa.org

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

Pair of white satin shoes

mfa.org

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

Pair of bright blue satin high shoes

mfa.org

Bonnet 1855, Made of cotton, silk, and lace

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

mfa.org

Bonnet, 1850, Made of silk, crepe, straw, and silk

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

mfa.org

Parasol, Second half 19thc., taffeta and silk fringe

Parasol | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

mfa.org

Women's Slippers, 1859-62, Made of silk, taffeta, lace, linen, and leather

Pair of woman's slippers

mfa.org

Bonnet, Mid-19thc., Made of lace and straw

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

mfa.org

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

Pair of very dark blue velvet slippers

mfa.org

Shoes, Mid-19thc., Made of cotton sateen, silk, and leather

Pair of women's shoes

mfa.org

Woman's Shoes, 1850-70, Made of silk velvet, silk satin, and leather

Pair of woman's shoes

mfa.org

Dressing Gown, 1855, Made of wool. silk, fur, and cotton

Woman's dressing gown

mfa.org

A Thomson crinoline cage, circa 1860.

One Item - Kerry Taylor Auctions

kerrytaylorauctions.com

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

One Item - Kerry Taylor Auctions

kerrytaylorauctions.com

Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," says Europeana blog about photo (by Christa Losta), from the Vienna Museum.

Evening dress of Sophia of Sweden ca. 1850 From the Royal Armory and Hallwyl Museum

Day dress ca. 1861-63. Museum of London - Pattern in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion