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19th Century Corset Reenactment Victorian Era

Woman's dress, American, 1880, silk with silk lace & cotton lining, MFA Boston, 53.90a-b

Mideval dresses were often cinched at the waist and corsets were worn. The cloak or hooded cape was also a popular fashion statement back then.

Evening Gown -- House of Worth -- French -- 1893-95 -- Silk -- Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute