French evening dress with swing motif, c.1850-55 (via).    “This evening dress of about 1850, with its bodice deeply pointed at the waist, pleated sleeves trimmed with fringe and figured ribbons, and full, bell-shaped skirt, exemplifies the opulence of Second Empire France (1852-70). The fabric itself, a Jacquard-woven silk produced in Lyons, reveals the derivative nature of mid-nineteenth-century textile design, which often used elements

French evening dress with swing motif, c.1850-55 (via). “This evening dress of about 1850, with its bodice deeply pointed at the waist, pleated sleeves trimmed with fringe and figured ribbons, and full, bell-shaped skirt, exemplifies the opulence of Second Empire France (1852-70). The fabric itself, a Jacquard-woven silk produced in Lyons, reveals the derivative nature of mid-nineteenth-century textile design, which often used elements

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Circa 1911-1915 Evening dress, French. Silk embroidery floss on silk net. Bodice, lined with lightly boned taffeta, has sleeves cut in T-shape, kimono style. Gunmetal bead trim, attached in the Luneville or tambour method. Via Smith College Historic Clothing.

Circa 1911-1915 Evening dress, French. Silk embroidery floss on silk net. Bodice, lined with lightly boned taffeta, has sleeves cut in T-shape, kimono style. Gunmetal bead trim, attached in the Luneville or tambour method. Via Smith College Historic Clothing.

- Vestido de noche , 1850 . Seda brocada , algodón , lino . Museo de Arte de Filadelfia ./tcc/

- Vestido de noche , 1850 . Seda brocada , algodón , lino . Museo de Arte de Filadelfia ./tcc/

Evening dress, Worth, circa 1880s. Two-piece sapphire blue silk satin. Boned bodice covered in black tulle studded with beads and sequins. Short puffed sleeves, ruched and pleated waistband. Skirt has studded front insert flanked by beaded border with Van Dyke points. Matching decoration at tulle hem band. Taffeta underskirt with pleated net and lace hem ruffle. Via Whitaker Auctions.

Evening dress, Worth, circa 1880s. Two-piece sapphire blue silk satin. Boned bodice covered in black tulle studded with beads and sequins. Short puffed sleeves, ruched and pleated waistband. Skirt has studded front insert flanked by beaded border with Van Dyke points. Matching decoration at tulle hem band. Taffeta underskirt with pleated net and lace hem ruffle. Via Whitaker Auctions.

1868 dress in three pieces (bodice, skirt and tablier) in taffeta green, with applications in satin and green silk fringes. (link shows more views)

1868 dress in three pieces (bodice, skirt and tablier) in taffeta green, with applications in satin and green silk fringes. (link shows more views)

Ivory silk bengaline wedding gown, French, 1860. Open V-neck boned back lacing bodice with points, short sleeves with lace on net bell, trimmed with bands of satin ribbon & lined in muslin. Bustle skirt; wide train with applied hem band of Van Dyke points bound in satin. Satin bow at waist and below bustle; hem stiffened & trimmed with pleated voile & lace. Lined in glazed cotton. Whitaker Auctions

Ivory silk bengaline wedding gown, French, 1860. Open V-neck boned back lacing bodice with points, short sleeves with lace on net bell, trimmed with bands of satin ribbon & lined in muslin. Bustle skirt; wide train with applied hem band of Van Dyke points bound in satin. Satin bow at waist and below bustle; hem stiffened & trimmed with pleated voile & lace. Lined in glazed cotton. Whitaker Auctions

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