"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.
Evening dress Date: ca. 1865 Culture: British Medium: silk (probably), glass Dimensions: Length at CF (a): 10 in. (25.4 cm) Length at CB (b): 66 in. (167.6 cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Allison Sarofim Gift, 2008 Accession Number: 2008.304a–c Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Silk ensemble with evening bodice (front), by Dupret, French, ca. 1867. I don't like using silk because they basically cook the poor silkworms to death (kill them with heat) after they have finished producing for them. However, I am all for using vintage (which this is) or recycled silk, and I like this outfit. I think I'd prefer a diff. color, though, because I am so pale. I prefer contrast.