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    19th Century Fashion

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    19th Century Fashion

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    Walking dress, ca. 1884. Navy silk satin and silk faille moiré. Overskirt of silk satin draped toward back & connected to large bustle. Skirt trim of pleated silk faille moiré. Kyoto Costume Institute

    detail silk moire mourning ensemble, 1880 -1885

    Evening dress, 1876 From the Fashion Museum, Bath on Twitter

    Wedding Dress: 1887, Australian, silk faille with machine-made Valencienne style lace trim, heavily beaded with large 'pearls' and small glass beads.

    “Dolly Varden” dress ca. 1870. This style of dress was inspired by the 18th century polonaise. It was named for a character in Charles Dickens’s novel Barnaby Rudge (1841). Photo probably scanned (by the Delsa Espirides blog) from Fashion: A History from the 18th Century to the 20th Century by the Kyoto Costume Institute.

    Woman's Evening Dress Made Of Silk Brocaded Taffeta, Tulle, Satin And Blond Lace, Made By Mme. Roger - French c. 1865 - Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston

    Lady's Bicycle suit, 1890

    Victorian Bathing suit, ca. 1898. Wool cotton blend (probably).

    Pale salmon and gray silk taffeta bustle ensemble, ca. 1870s, trimmed with pale salmon taffeta ruffles and white and gray tassel trim, swags, bustle, and train; fitted bodice with 3/4 sleeves, square neckline and triple button closure up front.Vassar College

    Bodice in lavender silk moiré, M. O’Brien, New York, ca. 1870s. Trimmed with embroidered eyelet lavender chenille. Front opening covered with ruched cream chiffon. Lined with lavender taffeta, it has 15 encased stays along with a white ribbon inner waistband. Probably had a matching skirt. Charleston Museum Tumblr

    c. 1890-1895 - The Goldstein Museum of Design.

    Liberty & Co. dress, c.1893-94 - From the Victoria & Albert Museum

    c. 1895 Golf Ensemble - The Kyoto Costume Institute

    c.1889 Evening Dress -The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Tea Gown - c. 1875-1880 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    What Victorians Wore: An Overview of Victorian Costume -- ENORMOUS library of clothing styles by social class, age, purpose. etc.

    c1863 Ball Gown, tulle over silk with lavish satin ribbon trim w/pearls & lace.

    Dress, British, ca. 1880.

    Tennis Dress: ca. 1884-1886, cotton woven in stripes, lace.

    This Civil War-era bridal gown circa 1863 was found by Steven Porterfield, owner of the Cat’s Meow vintage store in Midland, Texas, and guest appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow,” in early 2014 at a vintage sale on the East Coast. Therefore, one could deduce that a Union bride wore it.

    Promenade dress, ca. 1870. Silk taffeta, linen plain weave, and cotton twill weave with silk macramé fringe. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    1860's Silk Plaid Civil War Dress Bodice Brown/Gray/Black. Originally created in the 1850's and recreated in the 1860's.


    Dress, Afternoon. House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926). Date: 1905–8. Culture: French. Medium: silk, wool, rhinestones. Dimensions: Length at CF (a): 19 in. (48.3 cm). Length at CB (b): 57 in. (144.8 cm).