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Wedding gown, American (attr.), ca. 1880s. White silk faille & satin. Fitted cuirass-style bodice, 3/4 sleeve, satin swag over hips. Semi-attached skirt with band of pleated and swagged satin across middle, hem with pleated faille trimmed with satin, long asymmetrical waterfall bustle and train. Kent State Univ. Museum website & Facebook

1887 Wedding dress, Australia: Ivory silk faille, machine Valenciennes-style lace, faux pearls, and white glass beads. Fitted, boned bodice has off-shoulder neckline and very short sleeveband. Lace gathered in front to form collar. Beads applied in front to make “stomacher.” Pleated sash ties in front. Full, gathered skirt with bustle, overlaid with beaded lace, and medallions. Pearl and bead tassle trim. Skirt lined with cream buckram. Sleeves separate from bodice. Via Powerhouse Museum.

1880 Silk satin with machine-made lace, beading and embroidery by Charles Frederick Worth, whom many consider to be the Father of Haute Couture.

Wedding ensemble from 1885. Beautiful ivory silk gown trimmed in every imaginable frill possible: lace, glass pearls, ruffles, bustle & train. Wow!

Silk Brocade Wedding Gown, 1880. Two-piece, pale pink brocade flowers on cream silk faille, bodice and skirt trimmed with blonde lace, removable ruffled modesty neck piece, cotton, satin and buckram linings, Bust 32", Waist 24", Skirt Length 42"

Half-mourning wedding dress, ca. 1905. Gray silk and muslin; 2 pieces. Boned bodice with pouched front, high neck, and long, tight sleeves, and full skirt that is gathered in the back.

Woman's Dress: Bodice, Skirt and Underbodice Artist/maker unknown, American Date: c. 1850 Silk brocade, cotton/linen lace