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Silk dress, dated c. 1840, British, Metropolitan Museum of Art collection: 1999.216.4 - this reminds me of the surplice bodice featured in a detail shot in the V & A 19th century Costume in detail book and on the website (but no full pictures!)

Morning dress Date: ca. 1844 Culture: British Medium: wool

Printed cotton morning dress, British, 1837-1840. Those 1800's Brits looked so much better than I do in the mornings!

Dress Date: ca. 1840 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 54 in. (137.2 cm) Length at CF: 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm) Width at Bottom: 123 in. (312.4 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Bamberger, 1946 Accession Number: C.I.46.23

Dress Date: 1840 Culture: American or European Medium: straw Accession Number: C.I.38.23.17 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This would make a great wedding dress even tho white wasn't specifically for weddings until much later then 1840.

Dress Date: ca. 1840 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 53 in. (134.6 cm) The Met

Cotton Dress ca.1840 - Metropolitan Museum of Art

1842 British dress. Too early for reenacting the Civil War, but so gorgeous!!

1840 American Morning dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1840 Dress (I have fabric very similar to this that I bought to make a period dress)