Dress, Dinner 1820s. The neoclassic style was adopted in all forms of decoration after the French Revolution and was upheld during the Napoleonic Wars partly due to Napoleon Bonaparte's (1769-1821) alliance with Greco-Roman principles. In fashion, the style began as children's wear made from fine white cotton, but was adopted by women in the form of a tubular dress with skirts that were gathered under the bust with some fullness over a pad at the back.
~Bonnet, circa 1863, American~ By 1860's parasols had become all the rage and bonnets, except for cold weather wear, became purely ornamental. Due to their lack of functionality, they decreased in size throughout the decade.
Gown | V&A Search the Collections Due to the great expense of silk, it was very common practice in the 18th century for women to remake and update their gowns. Gros de tours silks were luxury fabrics in the 1740s, costing between 6 shillings and twelve shillings per yard; a sack-back gown required some fifteen yards of silk.
Afternoon dress Design House: House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) Date: 1889 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB: 70 in. (177.8 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Edith Gardiner, 1926
Dress :: Collection OnlineBasic ID Wedding dress, 1874. Silk satin, taffeta. Maker unknown. Gift of Messrs. Charles B., Frank S., and Robert D. Elder. 1946.31a-d Title Dress Place of Origin United States Date 1874