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Dress Date: 1845–49 Culture: American or European Medium: silk

Dress, ca. 1845.


Dress 1837 silk met

Walking ensemble Date: 1887–88 Culture: American or European Medium: silk, glass Accession Number: 1978.295.10a–c The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Dress 1863, American, Made of silk

Evening dress, 1850-52 US, the Met Museum

Evening dress, Date: ca. 1840, Culture: American, Medium: silk

Dress 1845, European, Made of silk

Dress Date: ca. 1850

American Silk Ensemble, 1858, Evening Bodice

30-10-11 Dress 1839, American or European made of silk

1858, American

Silk and sheer silk a disposition with coordinating fichu, American, ca 1856. Evening bodice, short bx pleated sleeves, box pleated skirt with 5 tiers. MET

Evening dress Date: ca. 1842 Culture: American or European Medium: silk

Blue floral-print afternoon dress (front) with olive green velvet trim and lace inserts, American, ca. 1888. Styles of this period were often taken from historical inspiration and covered in various types of trim and lace. Accessories were petite and allowed for the focus on the large elaborate gowns. This period was marked by darker colors, asymmetrical drapery, oversize accessories and elongated forms created by full-length coats.

1850 dress

1859 American silk dress

Dress Date: ca. 1818 Culture: American Medium: silk