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The Way We Wore: Early Victorian - Crinoline (1837-1850)

In 1836 the large gigot sleeves collapsed abruptly. Prim sentimentality ruled in the popular ringlet hairstyle. Softer, more demure colors and delicate patterns helped add a neat ladylike quality. As the bell-shaped skirts became wider, they also took on more of a dome shape. The shawl became an essential feature. A fashion for producing two bodices (a closed décolletage for day and a décolleté one for evening) took hold. Men wore tight-fitting, calf length frock coats and a waistcoat or vest.
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Embroidered floral silk dress with lace trim, Dutch, c. 1840s (likely remade from an earlier dress, c. 1780s)

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Silk bodice with matching pelerine, trimmed with velvet ribbon and crocheted lace (bodice not shown), 1840-40.

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Silk bodice with matching pelerine (not shown), 1840-40.

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Printed wool and silk dress, American, ca. 1843. This is a stunning example of the beauty of printed and dyed fabrics that were used in the 1840s. The combination of design complexity with complicated printing and ombré dying methods create this visually satisfying textile which is shown to full effect on the full skirts of the period.

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Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Floral printed cream silk challis dress, late 1830s. This dress is a wonderful example of a transitional style.

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All The Pretty Dresses: 1830's Cotton Dress

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Striped silk dress, Hungarian, ca. 1844.

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Figured silk dress, American, ca. 1845.

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Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Silk wedding dress with surplice bodice, American, 1837-40.

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Wedding Dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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White silk evening dress with whitework embroidery, American, ca. 1845.

Evening dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Figured gold silk evening dress with ruffled lace trim, American, ca. 1848.

Evening dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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