Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society

Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society

Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art:

Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art:

c. 1870's Trained Pale China Blue Wool Twill Morning Gown with Watteau Back and Two-Tone Embroidery

c. 1870's Trained Pale China Blue Wool Twill Morning Gown with Watteau Back and Two-Tone Embroidery

Afternoon dress, Australian, ca. 1876. Bodice and bustle skirt in mauve silk taffeta, trimmed with lengths of lavender satin. Powerhouse Museum

Afternoon dress, Australian, ca. 1876. Bodice and bustle skirt in mauve silk taffeta, trimmed with lengths of lavender satin. Powerhouse Museum

Bustle dress, ca. 1870s. Cream silk with green stripes. Museu Nacional do Traje (Portugal). Photo by Carlos Monteiro.

Bustle dress, ca. 1870s. Cream silk with green stripes. Museu Nacional do Traje (Portugal). Photo by Carlos Monteiro.

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