1858-63 Convertible Dress. This view is without the berthe (Shawl-like shoulder capelet) that would make this a day dress. Once the berthe is removed it becomes a dinner, or evening dress. Afternoon Dresses 1858 1863, Evening Dresses, Silk Dresses, Swan Shadows, Dresses Sleeve, Silk Gowns, Crinolin, Convertible Dresses, Metropolitan Museums
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This 1903 Jacques Doucet afternoon dress is a perfect example of couture during this period. The sheer pink fabric, accented with lace and black and pink ribbon trim, is a dress to be displayed at garden parties and the races. Doucet added interest to his work with his use of unusual trims, illustrating his inventiveness and artistic taste.
Striped afternoon dress (front, with detachable lower sleeves and chiffon dickie), American, 1890s.