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French trained gown, ca.1810 spangled net. This is gorgeous. It wouldn't look much out of place as a formal today!

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ca 1820 dark blonde straw bonnet with high poke and wide brim, trimmed with a band of brown silk ribbon around the poke, accented with wired bows in the same, matching the silk ribbon strings.

Dress Date: ca. 1810 Culture: American Medium: cotton, wool

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Pelisse, ca. 1820. Probably American. Silk. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The infusion of military styles into fashionable dress in Britain was largely due to the influence of the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815). Among other factors, contact with foreign troops had a strong impact on civilian as well as regimental dress, and military ornament was translated into stylish trimmings on women's hats, bodices, spencers and pelisses. The uniforms worn during this period were some of the most elaborate in the history of military dress, and their bright colours, frogging, brai...