Two-piece dress, 1870. Pale blue silk. Bodice has button-down front with tiny dark blue crocheted buttons. Longer in back  pleated at side hips. Pleated pocket on side. Bustle skirt with draping and shirring. Slit up front to show ruffles and pleating of alternating shades of blue. Bright red silk trim around jacket, pocket, collar, sleeve edges,  ruffles. Fabric rosettes. Blue silk fringe at bodice  bustle. Towson Univ. Dep't of Theater Arts

Two-piece dress, 1870. Pale blue silk. Bodice has button-down front with tiny dark blue crocheted buttons. Longer in back pleated at side hips. Pleated pocket on side. Bustle skirt with draping and shirring. Slit up front to show ruffles and pleating of alternating shades of blue. Bright red silk trim around jacket, pocket, collar, sleeve edges, ruffles. Fabric rosettes. Blue silk fringe at bodice bustle. Towson Univ. Dep't of Theater Arts

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Dinner dress, Levillon, Paris, ca. 1875. Burgundy silk brocade and purple silk satin with beadwork. Western Reserve Historical Society: “This two-piece dress of rich tones in complimentary textures embodies the Victorian belief that dress should add to one’s elegance. It was custom made in Paris.”

Dinner dress, Levillon, Paris, ca. 1875. Burgundy silk brocade and purple silk satin with beadwork. Western Reserve Historical Society: “This two-piece dress of rich tones in complimentary textures embodies the Victorian belief that dress should add to one’s elegance. It was custom made in Paris.”

Evening dress, Worth, circa 1884. Striped dark and light brown silk brocade and velvet. Long bodice with portrait neckline trimmed in brown green satin; off-white lace cuffs. Skirt with brown green satin back panel that extends into a train. Trimmed with dark and light brown silk fringe and tassels.

Evening dress, Worth, circa 1884. Striped dark and light brown silk brocade and velvet. Long bodice with portrait neckline trimmed in brown green satin; off-white lace cuffs. Skirt with brown green satin back panel that extends into a train. Trimmed with dark and light brown silk fringe and tassels.

Dress Charles Fredrick Worth, 1883 The Metropolitan Museum of...

Dress Charles Fredrick Worth, 1883 The Metropolitan Museum of... (OMG that dress!)

Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society

Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society

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