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Dress, Afternoon Date: 1858–63 Culture: American or European Medium: silk

Evening dress Mme. Olympe  (American, born France, 1830) Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: silk, mother-of-pearl

Visiting dress Date: 1865–68 Culture: British Medium: silk Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: C.I.37.46.37a–d

Silk evening dress, British, ca 1860-64. Low body, deep front point; double short sleeve; bertha; box pleats and directional pleats in skirt. Trim is box pleated ruched ribbon between a blonde lace and a black lace; singular on bertha and sleeves, doubled on skirt. MET

At the Met: I'm racking my brain on this one. Is it a pelerine or is the bodice constructed with it as an exaggerated bertha? I've so got some one to make this for.

Fringed silk shawl, probably French, 1840-49. This shawl interestingly combines a woven pattern and printed pattern, incorporating both Eastern and Western aesthetic sensibilities. The shawl held a place as a high fashion accessory for a relatively large period between the end of the 18th century to the 1870s. These objects were hand woven and extremely costly which inspired European manufacturers to attempt to produce cheaper copies for the masses.

gowns doucet | 1911. Oriental yet elegant Evening dress, France 1

hanging form,beautiful.. (another 'gorgeous' love the colour combination in the lace and netting)

1805 Princess Catherine Bagration, wife of Pyotor, the most audacious Russian general killed at Borodino in 1812 (the battle was the subject of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture).

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Princess Marthe-Lucile Bibesco by Boldini.1911. Princess, author, and toast of Belle Epoque Paris. She had relationships, some romantic, with heads of state, including Churchill, and de Gaulle. Became a stateswoman for Romania and died in Paris at 82.