Robe à transformation, French, circa 1865. Silk plain weave (taffeta) with printed warp, moiré finish.

Robe à transformation, French, circa 1865. Silk plain weave (taffeta) with printed warp, moiré finish.

Day dress, probably British, mid-1860s. Hand-sewn silk with Bedfordshire-style bobbin lace on bodice yoke and cuffs. Fitted bodice, not boned, with narrow standup collar, lined in white cotton sateen. Yoke also trimmed with narrow velvet ribbon in a folded line next to lace. Decorative fabric buttons on the front. Curved & tapered sleeves. Very full skirt, lined in stiff cotton; hem strengthened with band of cotton sateen. One pocket in side seam. Textiles & Stuff/Antiques Atlas

Day dress, probably British, mid-1860s. Hand-sewn silk with Bedfordshire-style bobbin lace on bodice yoke and cuffs. Fitted bodice, not boned, with narrow standup collar, lined in white cotton sateen. Yoke also trimmed with narrow velvet ribbon in a folded line next to lace. Decorative fabric buttons on the front. Curved & tapered sleeves. Very full skirt, lined in stiff cotton; hem strengthened with band of cotton sateen. One pocket in side seam. Textiles & Stuff/Antiques Atlas

Ball gown, Italian (?), ca. 1869. Ivory-colored linen, with printed coral branches, bordered in red satin and black lace. Photo: Antonio Quattrone. Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti

Ball gown, Italian (?), ca. 1869. Ivory-colored linen, with printed coral branches, bordered in red satin and black lace. Photo: Antonio Quattrone. Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti

Day dress ca. 1865. Three-piece cream silk de chine taffeta with tiny black windowpane & warp-printed floral patterns. Bodice has fringed teal taffeta trim. Dress has a belt with large peplum and an undecorated skirt with buckram hem band. Whitaker Auctions

Day dress ca. 1865. Three-piece cream silk de chine taffeta with tiny black windowpane & warp-printed floral patterns. Bodice has fringed teal taffeta trim. Dress has a belt with large peplum and an undecorated skirt with buckram hem band. Whitaker Auctions

Blue satin and white floral moiré striped ball gown with ruched pink and blue satin trim, ca. 1860.

Blue satin and white floral moiré striped ball gown with ruched pink and blue satin trim, ca. 1860.

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