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Martha Washington wore this silk taffeta gown in the early 1780s. The silk is painted with a design of flowers, butterflies, and other insects. The collar and cuffs are reproductions.

Martha Washington's gown, 1780s Made of salmon pink faille, Mrs. Washington's dress features a handpainted pattern of flowers and insects. It was first displayed in the original First Ladies Hall, which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1914. On loan for many years, the dress became part of the permanent collections in 1929 and remains on view today in the current first ladies exhibition ~ Smithsonian

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Southern Belle Civil War Cotton Flax Gown Dress 273 L

Civil War Ball Gown

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Ball gown

Ball gown, Great Britain, c 1885, silk. Victoria & Albert Museum.

Womans overdress or robe à la française with petticoat Spitalfield Brocaded silk trimmed with lace, gauze and silk flowers circa 1780-1785

The evening gown of First Lady Caroline Harrison goes on display this month in Washington, D.C., as part of a new exhibition on first ladies. (AP Photo/Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Hugh Talman)

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EXQUISITE 10pc taffeta Civil War ensemble! Jacket, 2 bodices, BALL GOWN, & more

1860's taffeta ball gown

Moss green silk taffetas pelisse with sky blue silk lining and Point de Bruxelles lace collar, French or English, ca. 1811. Pumpkin-colored cashmere shawl.

Mary Lincoln’s Purple Velvet Ensemble This outfit believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly and worn by the first lady during the winter social season of 1861–62. All three pieces are piped with white satin. The daytime bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. Its lace collar is of the period but is not original to the bodice. The evening bodice is trimmed with lace and chenille fringed braid.