Dress (Tea Gown), black  Date: 1877 Culture: American Medium: silk, beads  Metropolitan Museum of Art  Accession Number: C.I.X.51.24.1

Dress (Tea Gown), black Date: 1877 Culture: American Medium: silk, beads Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: C.I.X.51.24.1

Tea Gown: 1900's, high neck cotton bastiste elaborately decorated with tucks, embroideries and various laces.

Tea Gown: 1900's, high neck cotton bastiste elaborately decorated with tucks, embroideries and various laces.

Ensemble (Dress, Over-Dress, Fichu): ca. 1798, European (probably), cotton, silk.  Interesting how dramatically styles changed in this decade!

Ensemble (Dress, Over-Dress, Fichu): ca. 1798, European (probably), cotton, silk. Interesting how dramatically styles changed in this decade!

Afternoon dress 1876-77. The cuirass silhouette when the bustle disappeared, then reappeared again c. 1882-83.

Afternoon dress 1876-77. The cuirass silhouette when the bustle disappeared, then reappeared again c. 1882-83.

Dress, plaid Date: 1873–76 Culture: American Medium: wool Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: C.I.55.26a, b

Dress, plaid Date: 1873–76 Culture: American Medium: wool Metropolitan Museum of Art Accession Number: C.I.55.26a, b

Day dress ca. 1870-75. Heavyweight silk faille, lace, and velvet. Trimmed with lace, velvet, velvet buttons, and hand-covered and stitched silk faille buttons. Bell-sleeved, fitted bodice, bustle over skirt. Full skirt with extra-long, pleated train. Hand- and machine-stitched. Escape to Elegance/Ruby Lane

Day dress ca. 1870-75. Heavyweight silk faille, lace, and velvet. Trimmed with lace, velvet, velvet buttons, and hand-covered and stitched silk faille buttons. Bell-sleeved, fitted bodice, bustle over skirt. Full skirt with extra-long, pleated train. Hand- and machine-stitched. Escape to Elegance/Ruby Lane

Walking ensemble Date: 1887–88 Culture: American or European Medium: silk, glass

Walking ensemble Date: 1887–88 Culture: American or European Medium: silk, glass

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