Robe à transformation, European, c. 1879, Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Via FIDM Museum Blog. FIDM: "In the second half of the 19th century, the robe à transformation was the ultimate day-to-night fashion statement. It came with two (or more) interchangeable bodices: one with a high neck and sleeves for daytime, and another--sleeveless and low cut--for evening... This beautifully preserved pink and cream silk brocade version was worn in the late 1870s by Queen Louise of Denmark."
Evening gown, Worth, 1890s. Sleeves, bodice, skirt back, & front underskirt all of iris-pattern velvet; side front overskirt panels are ivory-ribbed silk w/bands of charcoal velvet. Bodice w/peplum at back, skirt w/train. Bertha collar of silk net/tulle decorated w/spangles/sequins & cut steel beads in heavy fan-shaped patterns at edges. Bodice & skirt inserts of same beaded/sequined net. Long trained skirt flares at hem, smooth at hips. Sleeves w/slight fullness at cap. Drexel Univ.