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  • Belle Rose

    In the Swan's Shadow: .1858-1863

  • Sylvia Byers

    Gorgeous Silk Gown 1858-1863

  • Kita Inoru

    1858-63 Convertible Dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This view is without the berthe that would make this a day dress. Once the berthe is removed it becomes a dinner, or evening dress with an enchanting frill of pinked, embroidered net at the neckline. Convertible dresses saved on money and were better for traveling, because they saved space. Our ancestors knew a thing or two about getting the most out of a wardrobe!

  • Beth Robey

    Striped silk dress, American or European, ca 1858-1863. Low body evening dress with non-functional velvet buttons; open sleeves; pleated skirt open from waist to hem revealing solid silk underskirt. A pelerine [removed from dress], sleeve edges, and low neck are edged with black lace. Velvet ribbons in lattice fashion and large bands of velvet over the sleeves. MET

  • sydney blincoe

    crinoline daytime dress-

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