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Historical Fashion ~ Women's Civil War

1845 ~ 1869..... is characterized by an increase in the width of women's skirts supported by crinolines or hoops. Wider bell-shaped or pagoda sleeves were worn over false undersleeves or engageantes of cotton or linen, trimmed in lace. Evening gowns were very low-necked, falling off the shoulders, and had short sleeves. The introduction of the steel cage crinoline in 1856 provided a means for expanding the skirt still further, and flounces gradually disappeared in favor of a skirt lying more smoothly over the petticoat and hoops. Pantalettes were essential under this new fashion for modesty's sake.


Historical Fashion ~ Women's Civil War

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White off-the-shoulder evening gown - circa 1860s

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Young lady's summer party dress, 1860s. White cotton voile with horizontal pinstripe weave printed with shaded green oak leaves, having drawstring boatneck, short puffed sleeve and three graduated skirt ruffles, self piping, cotton bodice lining, back hooks & eyes. Whitaker Auctions

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Two-Piece Muslin Gown, circa 1860-1870, via Amsterdam Museum.

Dress with day & evening bodices, European, ca. 1860s. Silk taffeta warp-printed in floral pattern. Day bodice has pagoda sleeves. Bunka Costume Museum

Dress: ca. 1863-1867, cotton gauze embroidered with beetle wings, thread and lace (embroidered in India for export). KSUM 1983.001.0098

Wedding bonnet with artificial orange blossoms, 1863.

antique dress 1850

Dress c. 1850’s  - Simple Beauty

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Circa 1865 Dress from the Pitti Palace Gallery of Costume.

Fripperies and Fobs

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Bonnet, 1850, Made of velvet

Black velvet bonnet

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Parasol, Mid-19thc., Made of silk and lace

Parasol | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Women's Shoes, 1865, Made of silk, linen, and leather

Pair of white satin shoes

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Women's, Shoes, 1865, Made of silk, linen, and leather

Pair of bright blue satin high shoes

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Bonnet 1855, Made of cotton, silk, and lace

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Bonnet, 1850, Made of silk, crepe, straw, and silk

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Parasol, Second half 19thc., taffeta and silk fringe

Parasol | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Women's Slippers, 1859-62, Made of silk, taffeta, lace, linen, and leather

Pair of woman's slippers

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Bonnet, Mid-19thc., Made of lace and straw

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Bonnet, 1855, Made of silk and straw

Bonnet | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Fan, 1860, Made of silk and gilded wood

Fan | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Slippers, Mid-19thc., Made of velvet, lace, and satin

Pair of very dark blue velvet slippers

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Shoes, Mid-19thc., Made of cotton sateen, silk, and leather

Pair of women's shoes

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Woman's Shoes, 1850-70, Made of silk velvet, silk satin, and leather

Pair of woman's shoes

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Dress, Mid-19thc., Made of silk taffeta and cotton

Dress | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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