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Historical Costume ~ Women's Late Victorian

1890 ~ 1901.....Women's fashion became simpler and less extravagant; both bustles and crinoline fell out of use and dresses were not as tight as before. The mid 1890s introduced leg o'mutton sleeves, which grew in size each year. Skirts took on a trumpet shape, fitting more closely over the hip and flaring just above the knee.

Wedding Dress 1890's, American, Made of silk and velvet

Skirt and Bodices 1895, American~~~Worn by First Lady Frances Cleveland. The original floral chine skirt and peach velvet bodice were probably made around 1895 by the House of Doucet of Paris. The floral bodice was created later from fabric taken out of the skirt. Baltimore dressmaker Lottie M. Barton made the green velvet bodice.

Lingerie Set: Corset Cover with Petticoat, Nightgown, & Chemise with Drawers 1898, American, Made of linen

Fan, Late 19thc, French, Made of mother-of-pearl and silk

Lingerie Set: Nightgown, Slip, Corset Cover & Drawers 1895, American, Made of linen and silk

Evening Dress (back view) 1895, French, Made of silk

Cycling Suit 1896, American, Made of wool, silk, and leather~~~~~A past time originally dominated by men, bicycling became more acceptable for women after Queen Victoria bought bicycles for her daughters. By the 1890s, clothing to be worn while participating in the activity was being produced. The bifurcated clothing worn while astride a bicycle not only opened the door for women to engage in the sport but also to gain their independence from strict societal rules

Evening Dress: Short Sleeve Bodice, House of Worth 1893, French, Made of silk and linen

Parasol 1890, French, Made of silk, wood, and metal~~~~~The parasol featured here captures the essence of the 1890s with its gay color combination and exuberant lace-covered ruffle at the hem. The detailing of the handle is very engaging. Also, the color combination of the garnet ruffle and the purple lining is indicative of the period and a typical French touch.