Afternoon Dress, Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) for the House of Worth (French, 1858–1956): ca. 1874, French, silk.

Afternoon Dress, Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) for the House of Worth (French, 1858–1956): ca. 1874, French, silk.

Charles Frederick Worth evening dress with flowers, c. 1882, via the Met Museum

Charles Frederick Worth evening dress with flowers, c. 1882, via the Met Museum

Dress (back view) Date: 1895 Culture: French Medium: silk Accession Number: 35.134.4a, b

Dress (back view) Date: 1895 Culture: French Medium: silk Accession Number: 35.134.4a, b

Dress, ca. 1875-1879, silk taffeta with silk ribbon trim. Bodice lined in white cotton taffeta and skirt in brown. Bodice closes in front with 9 engraved buttons. Skirt attaches to bodice with belt. Folds on the bottom, and open fan-shaped train with pleated ruffle, adjustable with tapes inside the dress. Textile Museum & Documentation Center, Terrassa (IMATEX)

Dress, ca. 1875-1879, silk taffeta with silk ribbon trim. Bodice lined in white cotton taffeta and skirt in brown. Bodice closes in front with 9 engraved buttons. Skirt attaches to bodice with belt. Folds on the bottom, and open fan-shaped train with pleated ruffle, adjustable with tapes inside the dress. Textile Museum & Documentation Center, Terrassa (IMATEX)

Dress in four parts, Mme. Pierrot, Boston, ca. 1875. Bodice of heavy gray silk taffeta trimmed with pink heavy silk taffeta, fitted tightly at waist, with separate pleated peplum in back. High neck trimmed with pleated ruching, buttoned down front, long sleeves. Skirt rather straight in front, fuller in back & trimmed with 2 flounces at bottom. Draped bustle in overskirt; bottom edge trimmed with gray silk fringe over pink taffeta flounce. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dress in four parts, Mme. Pierrot, Boston, ca. 1875. Bodice of heavy gray silk taffeta trimmed with pink heavy silk taffeta, fitted tightly at waist, with separate pleated peplum in back. High neck trimmed with pleated ruching, buttoned down front, long sleeves. Skirt rather straight in front, fuller in back & trimmed with 2 flounces at bottom. Draped bustle in overskirt; bottom edge trimmed with gray silk fringe over pink taffeta flounce. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ensemble, c. 1887; American; wool, silk, glass, feathers. The pattern is entirely worked in beads!

Ensemble, c. 1887; American; wool, silk, glass, feathers. The pattern is entirely worked in beads!

Afternoon dress Design House: Augustine Martin & Company Designer: Augustine Martin (French) Date: ca. 1885 Culture: French Medium: silk

Afternoon dress Design House: Augustine Martin & Company Designer: Augustine Martin (French) Date: ca. 1885 Culture: French Medium: silk

This seems to be the same dress, but in the first picture, there is a pale blue insert on the bodice using (apparently) the same material as the skirt & cuffs. The Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace in Florence says this is a wedding dress made in Naples between 1876 & 1878 (photo: Marcello Bertoni). The picture on the bottom was taken by a tourist, Joseph Hilsey, for his blog, Material World, and is described as "Yellow and cream striped silk over pale blue underskirt, ca. 1878."

This seems to be the same dress, but in the first picture, there is a pale blue insert on the bodice using (apparently) the same material as the skirt & cuffs. The Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace in Florence says this is a wedding dress made in Naples between 1876 & 1878 (photo: Marcello Bertoni). The picture on the bottom was taken by a tourist, Joseph Hilsey, for his blog, Material World, and is described as "Yellow and cream striped silk over pale blue underskirt, ca. 1878."

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