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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 and linen evening dress (back) by Herbert Luey, American, ca. 1890.

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.

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

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

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