(1855-1857) Luxurious velvet dresses embellished with fringe trimmings were highly fashionable during the 1850s. When applied in rows, fringes also simulated flounces and made skirts look even wider.

(1855-1857) Luxurious velvet dresses embellished with fringe trimmings were highly fashionable during the 1850s. When applied in rows, fringes also simulated flounces and made skirts look even wider.

Magenta dress, Madame Vignon, Paris, c1870. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Magenta dress, Madame Vignon, Paris, c1870. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Ball gown, Worth, ca. 1900. Kingfisher blue satin overlaid with black Chantilly lace. Bodice and skirt embroidered with sequins and pearlized beads with papyrus blooms.

Ball gown, Worth, ca. 1900. Kingfisher blue satin overlaid with black Chantilly lace. Bodice and skirt embroidered with sequins and pearlized beads with papyrus blooms.

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