Three-piece, maroon wool suit with details in satin and lace, made for Marjorie Merriweather Post at the department store B. Altman & Co. for her to wear while traveling by train to her honeymoon in Hot Springs, Virginia, in 1905. Photo courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens on Facebook.

Three-piece, maroon wool suit with details in satin and lace, made for Marjorie Merriweather Post at the department store B. Altman & Co. for her to wear while traveling by train to her honeymoon in Hot Springs, Virginia, in 1905. Photo courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens on Facebook.

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TWO BELLE EPOQUE LACE SKIRTS, circa 1905. Both beige w/trains: 1 silk w/torchon and tape lace insertions; 1 Battenburg lace w/blossom and fan motifs.

TWO BELLE EPOQUE LACE SKIRTS, circa 1905. Both beige w/trains: 1 silk w/torchon and tape lace insertions; 1 Battenburg lace w/blossom and fan motifs.

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Dinner gown, Redfern, London, circa 1909. Black silk velvet trimmed with chemical lace in the Van Dyck manner. Long self-fabric flounces run the length of the skirt. Slight train. Victoria & Albert Museum: “The higher neckline and longer ruched sleeves distinguish this from sleeveless low-cut ball gowns. The intentionally historical appearance of the gown suggests it may have been made for fancy dress.”

Dinner gown, Redfern, London, circa 1909. Black silk velvet trimmed with chemical lace in the Van Dyck manner. Long self-fabric flounces run the length of the skirt. Slight train. Victoria & Albert Museum: “The higher neckline and longer ruched sleeves distinguish this from sleeveless low-cut ball gowns. The intentionally historical appearance of the gown suggests it may have been made for fancy dress.”

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Purple velvet dress in two parts (bodice and skirt), by Atelier Worth, Paris, circa 1901, at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. Via Europeana Fashion.

Purple velvet dress in two parts (bodice and skirt), by Atelier Worth, Paris, circa 1901, at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. Via Europeana Fashion.

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Circa 1909-1910 Black Silk Crepe de Chine Evening Dress with Chinese embroidery, scalloped over skirt and net sleeves, by Madame Glover.

Circa 1909-1910 Black Silk Crepe de Chine Evening Dress with Chinese embroidery, scalloped over skirt and net sleeves, by Madame Glover.

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