1885 Carriage Ensemble, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the Victorian era, riding in an open carriage was considered a social event, so one had to dress appropriately for it. Carriage ensembles had to not only protect against the cold, but they had to look good, as well.

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Cotton dress, circa 1882

Ensemble, House of Redfern, Paris, ca. 1887-89. Wool, silk, cotton, metallic thread. Metropolitan Museum of Art

1886 dinner dress

Beachwear. 1895. Women in this time period were still required to wear elements such as a corset and stockings to remain modest while bathing. Beachwear was worn while walking along the shore or romping in the shallow waves, and was often made in materials, such as the taffeta of this ensemble, that would be ruined by the water.

18th Century French Robe in Pale Pink and Floral Striped Silk, French 1750-1799 Museum deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lovely stripped silk robe in pale pink with self fabric covered buttons at the collar. Beautiful lace up front with boned interior (three bones remaining).

Beautiful 1860-1870 Muff of peacock feathers, lined with white ermine, via Musée Galliera.

Evening ensemble (1910)

Ca.1875 Dress, American via Metropolitan Museum of Art.

American silk dress, 1868;

Mitts, Evening 1830-39

White fur evening muff with ermine tails and silk tassels, American, ca. 1875-1900.

Antique Green, 19Th Century, Antique 19Th, Antique Silk

Parasol 1885, British, Made of silk, wood, and metal