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Evening dress ca. 1909 From the Western Reserve Historical... (Fripperies and Fobs)

Silk evening Dress, Fox, 1909. "With its interplay of reflective materials, this romantic evening dress characterizes the close of La Belle Époque, the “beautiful era” during which the arts flourished in Paris. The owner of the dress was a woman of cultivated taste, most likely Jane Taft Ingalls, the niece of President William Howard Taft."

Pair of women's mitts, probably Italiy, 18th century. Blue silk trimmed with bright pink silk and embroidered with flowers worked in long and short stitch with pink, blue, green, and yellow silk and tarnished metal thread. Stained.

A Paris-made wedding gown of green silk taffeta with bouquets of voided velvet flowers, pleated taffeta trim and lace trimmed pagoda sleeves. Worn by a member of the Kelsey or Cowles family from Oswego County, New York, ca. 1856-1860.

Robe à la Française dressed à la Polonaise circa 1760-1780. Silk brocade with a field of flowers and lived trimmed with "fly" fringe.

Tea gown, Philadelphia, circa 1892. Beige silk lined with yellow silk satin; yellow underskirt. Hand-embroidered with daffodils. Small glass beads form the center of the flowers. Front opening with hook & eye fasteners. Via American Museum in Britain.

Tea gown, Philadelphia, circa 1892. Beige silk lined with yellow silk satin; yellow underskirt. Hand-embroidered with daffodils. Small glass beads form the center of the flowers. Front opening with hook & eye fasteners. Via American Museum in Britain.

LUCILE, LADY DUFF GORDON BEADED and APPLIQUED SILK GOWN, c. 1914. Cream satin having cream and blue chiffon short sleeve bodice with V-neck and back, trimmed in bands of blue satin, silver metallic cord and crystal beaded fringe and colorful silk flowers, blue satin cummerbund, hobble skirt beneath short beaded chiffon overskirt ruched in front to reveal beaded lace and chiffon underskirt and having silk flower swag, chiffon side drape studded with rhinestones. Back