Ivory Moire Silk Damask Open Robe, Continental, c1775-1780. This ivory silk robe à la française is created by the combination of a moiré ribbed ground and satin-weave motifs. The diaper-patterned serpentine bands interspersed with floral bouquets and bow-knots date the silk to just after the mid-century when such meandering designs were in vogue. The gown was subsequently altered around 1775-80 to update the shape of the bodice front and sleeves. Complemented by a petticoat of moiré damask.
Amazing Purple Redingote (1822-23) This style is known as 'Redingote à la Hussar' because it is trimmed with parallel rows of horizontal braid or tucks across the bodice and down the front of the gown, in the fashion of Hussars' uniforms.
c. 1810-1820, Court Train, Dark green cut velvet (as faille) embroidered with flat gold. Long train, with shoulder straps, heavily embroidered at all edges with classical flowers. Napoleonic train worn at court.
Wedding gown, late 1870s-early 1880s. Cream-colored organza with lace. "Natural form" dress made of single unseamed panel from shoulder to hem so it lies flat. Long train. Fifteen rows of pleats that face upward and are framed by double-edged row of silk thread-trimmed, loosely woven organza ruffles. Machine- and hand-stitched. Close-fitting sleeves flare out with 2 rows of pleats, finished with tier of handmade silk lace and ivory silk faille ribbon, which is also at neckline. coda2222/ebay
Purple velvet gown, Hirsch Cie N.V., circa 1893, with multicolored floral appliqués. Long-sleeved bodice with pink, yellow, and green embroidery. Side panels of purple silk with flowers woven in. Boned and lined with cream satin. Velvet skirt with embroidered silk train, lined in purple silk. Via Rijksmuseum.
Ball Gown: ca. 1870, iridescent taffeta, hand-sewn polished cotton-lined bodice with wide neckline and shoulder bows, skirt longer and fuller in back with inner cord, pleated bustle pad and pleated hem flounce, sash of matching moiré ribbon with scalloped satin edges.