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Historical Costume ~ Women's Victorian

1870 ~ characterized by a gradual return to a narrow silhouette after the full-skirted fashions of the 1850s and 1860s. Fashionable waists were low and tiny below a full, low bust supported by a corset and was characterized by the return of the bustle.


LOT 592 WOOL PLAID AFTERNOON DRESS, c. 1881. - whitakerauction

Promenade Dress 1875, Made of taffeta

Reception Gown 1880, American, Made of damask and satin~~~Gold damask and cream satin gown worn in 1880 to the White House New Year’s reception and later to a February reception for diplomats and members of Congress. It was made by Mrs. M. A. Connelly, a New York dressmaker and worn by First Lady Lucy Hayes.

Shawl 19thc., Indian, Made of wool and silk

Shawl | Indian | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening Dress, House of Worth 1888, French, Made of silk

Evening Hat 1888, American, Made of silk and feathers

Evening hat | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art