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Bustle dress, Mary G. Worley, St. Paul, MN, 1880s. Ivory satin with a front panel of woven velvet flowers and birds. Minnesota Historical Society

Ivory satin evening dress with multicolored Chinese floral embroidery, pearl and braid trim, and inset chiffon, label: "Mme Marie Reeves, Robes et Manteaux, 52 E. 21 St., N.Y." ca. 1895, KSUM 1983.1.209.

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1887 Victorian Bustle Dress – Completed

In my 1893 plot, this is the kind of dress I imagine the wealthy Mrs. Lockwood wearing.

Purple velvet gown, Hirsch Cie N.V., circa 1893, with multicolored floral appliqués. Long-sleeved bodice with pink, yellow, and green embroidery. Side panels of purple silk with flowers woven in. Boned and lined with cream satin. Velvet skirt with embroidered silk train, lined in purple silk. Via Rijksmuseum.

Ceremonial court dress of Empress Maria Fyodorovna from lilac pink velvet and tulle with silver needlework 1870-1880 Russia, St. Petersburg Velvet, silk, tulle, lace, silver threads, wire, embroidery, plaiting. From Hermitage Museum site.

"This "visiting dress," dated 1883, is made of wool. It is constructed of multiple pieces. The waist has eight fitted parts, six in back and two in front. The overskirt is draped from the bustle at the back where it falls in a train. The vest, cuffs, and ruffle around the bottom of the skirt are of red velvet."

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Ball Gown 1865 Wien Museum (OMG that dress!)

Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," from the Vienna Museum.

A never before seen dress made for and worn by Queen Victoria is now on display in the Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace. The cream silk satin dress, with intricate embroidery, was given to the young Queen in the 1850s by the wife John Gregory Crace.