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

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

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!

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

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

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

Coat Date: ca. 1860 Culture: American Medium: wool, silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm) Accession Number: 1980.145.4 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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

  • Judith Hall-Bencic

    Keeping in mind that they were pretty petite back then...a 20" waist is easier to attain when you are only 5' tall...

  • Busy Lizzy

    They didn't have McDonald's or Starbucks on every corner neither.......that was a BIG help

  • Nikki Napieralski

    waists that small are not the result of being short or not having fast food. Women in the 1860 were always bound with corsets or stays. That is not a natural waist size.

Evening Dress 1865, American, made of silk by eileen

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