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Lovely Civil War Era Embroidered Lilac Silk Gauze Gown

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.

Evening Dress, Evening Gown, Splendid Evening Dress Design, Fashion Designer, Evening Dress Designer, Miracle Gown Date: ca. 1853 Culture: French Medium: silk, cotton, lignette

Dress (Ball Gown) Date: late 1860s Culture: European Medium: silk, cotton.

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

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

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

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

1856-58, watered silk tea gown, 2-piece toffee colored with darker trim on the sleeves and lower bodice edge, close up.

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