Fancy dress costume, England, 1826: This dress was worn by Sarah Coke, who lived at Brookhill Hall, Pinxton, Derbyshire, at a fancydress ball in Nottingham in 1826. It was Sarah's "coming out" ball, her first social event as an adult, and the dress was supposed to represent the fashion of Charles II's time, and she wore her hair in ringlets, adorned with white ostrich feathers. Manchester Art Gallery.

Fancy dress costume, England, 1826: This dress was worn by Sarah Coke, who lived at Brookhill Hall, Pinxton, Derbyshire, at a fancydress ball in Nottingham in 1826. It was Sarah's "coming out" ball, her first social event as an adult, and the dress was supposed to represent the fashion of Charles II's time, and she wore her hair in ringlets, adorned with white ostrich feathers. Manchester Art Gallery.

"Evening or court dress, 1911 India, Museum of London    This was worn by an Englishwoman living in India to a ceremony celebrating the coronation of King George V in June, 1911."

"Evening or court dress, 1911 India, Museum of London This was worn by an Englishwoman living in India to a ceremony celebrating the coronation of King George V in June, 1911."

Evening dress, by Callot Soeurs, 1907-08, Hillwood Estate. This high waisted dress is constructed in a sheer turquoise moiré through which with an intense orange-gold silk foundation is visible. A decorative free-hanging bolero is heavily embroidered with silk cotton floss thread and flat silk ribbon cord. Beading at the neck is repeated at the edges of the short, puffed sleeves. Long trumpet ties hang from the waist sash. The skirt is decorated with the same embroidery motif used on bolero.

Evening dress, by Callot Soeurs, 1907-08, Hillwood Estate. This high waisted dress is constructed in a sheer turquoise moiré through which with an intense orange-gold silk foundation is visible. A decorative free-hanging bolero is heavily embroidered with silk cotton floss thread and flat silk ribbon cord. Beading at the neck is repeated at the edges of the short, puffed sleeves. Long trumpet ties hang from the waist sash. The skirt is decorated with the same embroidery motif used on bolero.

Dress and Pelerine: ca. 1835-1839, cotton, printed cotton, lace. Search for CE097674

Dress and Pelerine: ca. 1835-1839, cotton, printed cotton, lace. Search for CE097674

Circa 1820 Dress, St. Petersburg, Russia, made of cashmere and satin.  The kolokoltsevskaya shawl (made at the A. D. Kolokoltsev workshop) circa 1830-1840s is made of thin wool, embroidered with woolen thread.

Circa 1820 Dress, St. Petersburg, Russia, made of cashmere and satin. The kolokoltsevskaya shawl (made at the A. D. Kolokoltsev workshop) circa 1830-1840s is made of thin wool, embroidered with woolen thread.

Striped taffeta bridal gown and bonnet, circa 1845, of grey and ivory silk with wine foliate stripes. The sleeves have slashed cuffs edged with ivory silk ribbon, with tulle inner cuffs. The ivory satin bonnet is ruched and gathered at the sides with figured silk ribbons, blonde lace veiling and silk rosebuds to one side, and orange blossoms framing the face.

Striped taffeta bridal gown and bonnet, circa 1845, of grey and ivory silk with wine foliate stripes. The sleeves have slashed cuffs edged with ivory silk ribbon, with tulle inner cuffs. The ivory satin bonnet is ruched and gathered at the sides with figured silk ribbons, blonde lace veiling and silk rosebuds to one side, and orange blossoms framing the face.

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