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"The proper length for little girls' skirts at various ages", from Harper's Bazaar, showing an 1868 idea of how the hemline should descend towards the ankle as a girl got older

HISTORICAL BORDEAUX & RED PRINTED DRESSES

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.

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.

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

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Morning dress, ca. 1870's. The ruffles are printed onto the fabric-hard stuff to do, back then.

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

Dress, yellow with black trim Date: 1872–74 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: C.I.52.42.2a, b