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.