1800's Womens style's
1855–65 Petticoat. The motif of the eyelet embroidery illustrates the enduring fascination with the paisley motif. The boteh, or paisley, originated in Persia and was disseminated to the Western world through Indian shawls which were at the height of popularity at this time. As was customary, the name of the owner was handwritten in ink for purposes of indentifying ownership for laundering.
Ball gown, Emile Pingat, Paris, ca. 1867. Silk faille with row of ruched pink tulle and satin-trimmed tulle tabs. Lace, tulle, beads, and seed pearls decorate the large bow at the back of the waist, ending in broad streamers. The tulle and satin trim is repeated at the neck and short sleeves. Albany Institute of History and Art
Day Dress ca. 1857 American Silk The vogue for tartanlike plaids, whether or not with clan associations, was fueled by the affection Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had for Scottish dress, the Highlands, and Balmoral, their Scottish retreat. But for all the ostensible historicism implicit in the wearing of the plaid, its bold colors were the result of the invention of chemical dyes in the mid-1850s.