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Antebellum Dresses

Research for artwork Day dresses like these would have been worn by Mrs. Donoho while managing her hotel and caring for her children. There are also many lovely ballgowns such as those that may have been worn by her and guests at her balls and formal events in the mid 19th century.

Dress, ca. 1859; MMA C.I.38.101.12a, b

fripperiesandfobs: Day dress ca. 1855 From the Philadelphia...

January 1852, Day Dress perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party; Ladies Companion Magazine.

Silk Gauze with disposition flounces c.1857

Day dress, 1850s, British, (Lancashire), one-piece blue-grey taffeta (changeable shot-silk) brocaded with a repeat of tiny dots and abstract devices, the bodice decorated with black cord, clear and black beads, long sleeve with narrow cap and two puffed bands, sleeve and full, pleated skirt hemmed in black velvet, hook closures with bound holes in silk, muslin lining. B-33, W-23, L-58. From Whitaker Auctions

Afternoon dress ca. 1860. Brown silk with pattern of broad horizontal stripes in diamond & floral pattern, edged with cream silk. Center front closure with 15 hooks & eyes; 8 decorative buttons. Sleeves pleated at top & set in w/think piping. Pleats are fluffed & gathered, & spread out at bottom of second tier into bell shape. Skirt is of same fabric & unlined. Kentucky Historical Society

Evening dress, 1858-68 From the Musee Galliera - Fripperies and Fobs

Miss Hodges of Salem, c. 1850, daguerreotype; photographer: Josiah Johnson Hawes (1808-1891)

Ballgown with Fichu c.1857 (back)

Ballgown with Fichu c.1857 (front)

Evening Ensemble c.1857

1850's -1860's Civil War Era Black Silk Dress | eBay

2012-08-25 KSMF - Brown plaid silk taffeta dress with warp printed pattern, circa 1850-1860.

Woman c. 1855-65 (The hiking up of the over-skirt underneath the apron was to protect it while working - when company unexpectedly knocked at the door, down it went, like she was all put together!)

Day dress, 1850s, British, (Lancashire), one-piece blue-grey taffeta (changeable shot-silk) brocaded with a repeat of tiny dots and abstract devices, the bodice decorated with black cord, clear and black beads, long sleeve with narrow cap and two puffed bands, sleeve and full, pleated skirt hemmed in black velvet, hook closures with bound holes in silk, muslin lining. B-33, W-23, L-58. From Whitaker Auctions

Dagmar wearing crinoline dress color portrait | Grand Ladies | gogm

In the Swan's Shadow: Josefa Coello de Portugal, 1855

circa late 1850s or early 1860s

Immensely elegant deep green dress (ca. 1855-1857, via The Victoria & Albert Museum) and a lovely wintertime muff. #winter #dress #costume #Victorian #19th_century #clothing

A common feature of 1850's and very early 1860's sidesaddle riding habits is the jacket style bodice with a long basque and peplum. As shown in this 1855 French fashion plate from Le Follet magazine, the bodice of a habit could either be jacket style and worn over a blouse or a regular fitted high necked bodice with a long basque and peplum.

Riding habit.

Floral challis ballgown with belt c.1858