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This gown is a perfect demonstration of the fact that ladies usually chose LOUD color and design combos for their wrappers! This one is so fun!

American House Cap (circa 1860) made of silk. An earlier version of the cap worn by ladies when relaxing at home. This one is delicately embroidered and adorned with a ribbon

At the Met: I'm racking my brain on this one. Is it a pelerine or is the bodice constructed with it as an exaggerated bertha? I've so got some one to make this for.

Dress Date: 1860s Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 1979.346.97a–c Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress Date: 1860s Culture: American or European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1941 Accession Number: C.I.41.170.3a–c

ca. 1860. This is so similar to the dress I just received from Kay Gnagey!

1860 dress. Oh my goodness!! Look at that waist!

Evening dress Date: 1867–68 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: C.I.59.35.5

Bonnet Date: ca. 1860 Culture: American or European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1971 Accession Number: 1971.242.4

Dress Date: ca. 1860 Culture: American Medium: silk

Dress Date: ca. 1860 Culture: American Medium: silk

Wedding Dress Date: ca. 1860 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 58 in. (147.3 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969