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    Court mantle, Rosa Genoni, 1906. Pitti Palace Costume Collection.

    Robe à la Française

    Black lace over white silk dress, ca. 1904-06. Attributed to dressmaker Madame Rose H. Boyd, Minneapolis.

    Reception gown for summer, ca. 1902. Ivory cotton netting with Cluny lace in a floral pattern, with embroidered vines.

    Summer dress, ca. 1905-10. Cotton with tulle, blue braidwork, crochet and lace on batiste sleeves. Bodice with mono bosom, high boned collar, and 3/4 sleeves. Closes with hooks & eyes in back. Trumpet-shaped skirt. Blue braidwork net piece. Goldstein Museum of Design, Univ. of Minnesota

    Gold silk 1920s Fortuny gown. The iconic "Delphos" dress. Empire waist column gown with jewel neck. These dresses were made of silk so light that glass beads hand-blown in Italy were placed down the sides to weight it down.

    1793

    House of Worth, ca. 1900. Silk and rhinestones.

    Edwardian day dress, circa 1908-1910.

    1775 dress

    Antique Dress - Item for Sale

    Ode to June dress antique Edwardian cotton dress by DearGolden

    Ball gown, French, 1868. Champagne-colored silk gros de tours with black machine Chantilly lace. Gemeentemuseum den Haag via Europeana Fashions

    Charles Frederick Worth

    This aristocratic two-piece gown (c1895) is fashioned from luxurious silk faille that combines ribbon-weave satin stripes with watered silk flowers. This expensive textile is embellished with pink velvet trim and flounces of beige lace and ivory silk chiffon. Both pieces are lined with ivory taffeta.

    1790s American Cotton Dress. Doesn't it look comfortable?

    1895 Gown by Fox Sisters, New York

    Day dress, date unknown. Silk, appliqués, lace. Three-piece ensemble consisting of slip. bodice, and long skirt with train. Bodice is boned and fitted and has series of hooks & eyes for closure, as does skirt. Pink and green appliqués on ecru netting cover bodice and skirt. Patricia Jon on Salon of the Dames

    Reception gown, Mme. Renfrew Wood, New York, 1912. Gray silk chiffon over ivory China silk trimmed w/hand-painted metal shells made to look like freshwater pearls. Upper bodice & sleeves are ivory lace over cream silk. Stand collar down through throat is pleated silk tulle set with appliquéd lace. Satin-covered discs accent neckline between chiffon & tulle-- also at sleeve hem. Chiffon on bodice is pleated just above waistline to give cummerbund effect. Slight train. Via Woodland Farms Vintage.

    Balenciaga | 1951

    Jacques Heim 1955 Embroidery Evening Gown, Photo Guy Arsac by Guy Arsac | Hprints.com

    Wedding gown, ca. 1862. Ivory silk faille two-piece gown with a boned and stayed bodice with fashionable deep hem points, and piped at the neckline, armscyes, and double box-pleated waistband. A pleated tulle bertha accented with silk velvet ribbons that repeat on the short sleeves, with a pleated tulle modesty insert above, and a lace-up closure at the back. Crinoline lining, turned hem. Time Travelers Antiques, via All the Pretty Dresses.

    Jacques Fath 1948

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    1860s Ballgown - photo taken 1908