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Madame Dellac | Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1870s silk bustle dress is a success due to its reliance on Japonisme in the form of a kimono jacket and underskirt. It is of interest that an actual kimono was incorporated to fashion the dress, rather than the more anticipated use of a kimono as fashionable "at-home" wear. Reproduction underskirt finishes the brightly elegant garment. Monet, Renoir & other Impressionist artists frequently painted their models in kimonos... Kyoto Costume Institute

November 1870, The Milliner and Dressmaker


Caroline Reboux velvet hat, trimmed with silk moiré ribbons and feathers, c.1870-80. Label: "Caroline Reboux/23 Rue de la paix."

Gallery of Victorian vintage clothing at Vintage Textile

1870s extant French bodice off ebay. This is what I love on bodices, lots of details; tiny pleats everywhere.

1870s extant French bodice off ebay. Detail of cuff- ruffles and tiny pleats, and piping too.

1870s extant French bodice off ebay. Look how low the bow is on the Basque bodice, right at the lower end. More beautiful tiny pleats and piping w/ a contrasting blue color. And the peplum looks like two large petals.

1870s extant French bodice off ebay. Basque bodice rides low over hips, bow at bottom instead of at waist.

1875 ladies hats and trims

Silk dress and fur-trimmed coat ensemble, 1874

Toilette by Jules James Rougeron, 1877

1875 hats and hairstyles

1874 Madame Demorast pattern - polonaise

1875 September. The Englishwomen's Domestic magazine. Great way to tie the overskirt and skirt together w/ the stripes, and the black on the skirt, bodice and cuffs tie it all to the solid bodice fabric.

1879 extant visiting dress -looks like Princess seams, very pretty floral fabric on the collar, belt, and down front of dress

1879 extant visiting dress-love this collar treatment & the beautiful fabric it was made from. Interesting dress fabric too.

1878 Harpers Bazar Sept catalog- what's going on under there.