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Drape cowl neck 1953 dress of sheer overlaid on floral in gold and mocha tones. Madame Grès of Paris.
1804-15 dress, Austrian. The Met, C.I.39.13.52. [The embellishment is beading, not embroidery. The dress material is almost positively wool.] [ETA: Now zooming extremely close, and I believe it is linen, not wool.]
This woman wears her large bonnet bow-tie considerably more effectively than the Civil War widow pinned elsewhere on this board. This photgraph comes from a set by daviladraws, via Flickr, that is full of similarly excellent images; click through to the source for a full look, as there are too many wonderful things to pin them all here.