Purple and white roller-printed cotton dress, American, ca. 1850. Worn by Jane M. Wadhams Stevens of Litchfield (LFA student).

Purple and white roller-printed cotton dress, American, ca. 1850. Worn by Jane M. Wadhams Stevens of Litchfield (LFA student).

Dress with Day and Evening Bodices  Date: c. 1853–1854  Material: Silk/Cotton  Credit: Gift of the Helen Larson Estate  Object ID: S2001.31.18A-C  FIDM Museum

Dress with Day and Evening Bodices Date: c. 1853–1854 Material: Silk/Cotton Credit: Gift of the Helen Larson Estate Object ID: S2001.31.18A-C FIDM Museum

Winsome late 1840s-early 1850s dress with fitted sleeves, dropped, pointed waist, and full, tiered bell skirt.

Winsome late 1840s-early 1850s dress with fitted sleeves, dropped, pointed waist, and full, tiered bell skirt.

Day dress in 3 pieces (bodice, skirt, belt). Cream-colored wool with purple polka dots, lined in natural cotton and trimmed with purple silk ribbon. Lace trim on collar and cuffs. Long curved sleeves, full skirt with 3 tiers of ruffles above hem. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Day dress in 3 pieces (bodice, skirt, belt). Cream-colored wool with purple polka dots, lined in natural cotton and trimmed with purple silk ribbon. Lace trim on collar and cuffs. Long curved sleeves, full skirt with 3 tiers of ruffles above hem. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Dress: ca. 1855-1865, striped cotton, boned bodice, piped seams, skirt lined in linen.

Dress: ca. 1855-1865, striped cotton, boned bodice, piped seams, skirt lined in linen.

metropolitan museum, fashion, extant garments, 19th century, 1850s, Victorian, French, silk

metropolitan museum, fashion, extant garments, 19th century, 1850s, Victorian, French, silk

Wedding dress of Betsey Owens Burns (1838-1934) who married Hiram Milliken on Sept. 5, 1861 in Middleton, Kentucky.

Wedding dress of Betsey Owens Burns (1838-1934) who married Hiram Milliken on Sept. 5, 1861 in Middleton, Kentucky.

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