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Court robe, Russian, c. 1900. Silk, metallic threads and paillettes. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accompanying photo: "Portrait of a Lady in a Court Uniform Dress," Russia, 1900s. Silver-bromide print, with gouache, water-color and white lead. State Hermitage Museum. CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.

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Dress for balls or gala dinners, belonging to Princess T. Yusupova [lady-in-waiting], Western Europe, 1875-76. Satin, silk tulle. According to the rules of the time, low-necked (formal) dresses were to be worn for court dinners, balls and the Italian opera, in all other cases, a high corsage was required. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (link: http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html). CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE.

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Designed in 1910 by Lucile, Lady Duff-Gordon famed socialite and Titanic survivor. The dress sold for $35,850 (without buyer’s premium) at Doyle New York in November of 2004.

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1800-1850 working dress Day or camp dress commonly worn for work and everyday life. The bodice is slightly fitted with front closings. The separate skirt is gathered on waistband . The skirt will accommodate several petticoats or a small hoop.

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Court dress, by Børre Lorentsen & Co, Copenhagen, 1870-1900. Machine-woven silk fabrics in velvet and plain weave, as well as tulle, hand-embroidered with metal and silk thread, metal sequins, beads and plates. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, via DigitaltMuseum (link: http://digitaltmuseum.no/011061626328). The short, puffed "lattice" sleeves and two-color (dark-blue and white) combination indicate that this is Swedish court dress. CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

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Business dress belonging to lady-in-waiting Princess Tatiana Yusupova, western Europe, 1876-77. Satin brocade, satin, silk cord, tatting. The State Hermitage Museum (link: http://www.hermitage.guide/costume/costume1.html). CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE.

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Warm tones for Top Heavy shapes

Perfect for ladies with a warm complexion, this outfit suits Lily or Vase (top heavy) shapes: a large bust, defined shoulders, a gently curved waist, slim hips and thighs. A deep V-neck flatters larger busts, whilst providing support. The tie belt defines your waist, while the softly draped skirt hides any tummy wobbles and creates curve around your hips and thighs to balance your shape without adding bulk. The cropped jacket helped to define your figure and nude shoes lengthen your legs

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