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    "The proper length for little girls' skirts at various ages", Harper's Bazar, 1868. Diagram showing a mid-Victorian idea of how the hemline should descend from slightly longer than knee-length for a girl of 4 years old to almost ankle-length for a girl of 16.

    Wedding ensemble (detail, showing petticoat) by Courvoisier, American, 1870. Silk dress, petticoat, and shoes with leather gloves.

    Silk ensemble with evening bodice (back), by Dupret, French, ca. 1867.

    Morning dress Date: 1870s Culture: American Medium: cotton

    c. 1860 bodice detail, American or European, cotton, gift of the Misses Faith and Delia Leavens, 1941

    Emile Pingat dress ca. 1860 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Ensemble, 1879, French silk with glass beads. #victorian #red

    Dress, Visiting Emile Pingat  (French, active 1860–96) Date: ca. 1872 Culture: French Medium: silk

    Simply stunning creamy-coloured bustled dress.