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Antebellum Dresses

Research for artwork Day dresses like these would have been worn by Mrs. Donoho while managing her hotel and caring for her children. There are also many lovely ballgowns such as those that may have been worn by her and guests at her balls and formal events in the mid 19th century.

Antebellum Dresses

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Day dress, early 1850’s United States, MFA Boston

Ball gown ca. 1852-57 From National Museums Scotland

Fripperies and Fobs

Dress 1854-1856 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifty Shades of Grey romanticizes and abusive relationship. Instead of buying a ticket, donate to your local domestic abuse shelter.

Dress, 1855-65 From the Chester County Historical Society

Fripperies and Fobs

Evening/Ball gown, circa 1850, via In the Swan's Shadow:

In the Swan's Shadow: Evening/ball gown, ca. 1850

Day Dress 1855 The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Evening Dress, circa 1850, via The Hoop Skirt Society.

The HoopSkirt Society

Evening Dress ca.1855-60. I like the color/pattern combinations of the fabric. I can see this combination in a bustle dress design.

The HoopSkirt Society

Silk dress--Zouave jacket, bodice, skirt, and alternate bodice. Photo: Mats Landin. Nordic Museum, Sweden

Circa 1850 cotton dress, American.

Litchfield Ledger - Object

Two printed cotton 1850s day dresses, the first of pink and white trellis-weave muslin printed with fruits, fan-pleated front bodice with peplum to the waist; the other of mustard and white roller printed cotton with pagoda sleeves, tiered skirt

Red as the Rose, Handtinted English Ambrotype, Circa 1855 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Brown plaid silk 1850-55 Dress altered; extra scraps saved. Fitted straight waist bodice and skirt gathered to band, originally separate pieces. 1840s bodice had a long pointed cf and long tight fitting sleeves. Now pagoda sleeves worn with white cotton undersleeves. Skirt made of 7 lengths of 23" w silk taffeta, 160" at hem, bound in brown cotton. Bodice lined with brown cotton w 2 bones under the gathers, 1 down the rt cf by brass eyes that hook bodice.

In the Swan's Shadow: Brown plaid silk day dress, 1850-55

Evening dress, ca. 1855 Materials: Silk (n.d.) Collection: Springhill House, County Londonderry (Northern Ireland)

In the Swan's Shadow

Dress 1851 - 1855

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Calico Challis Day Dress 1850 from Old Sacramento Living History Program

Calico Challis Day Dress 1850

1850s lady with dog


Marriage Woman Anonymous in 1856

Ivory Silk Taffeta Wedding Gown with Rosebud Trimmed Neckline from 1857 | eBay One piece silk taffeta wedding gown with back lacing bodice and self fabric rosebud and silk tulle trim at neckline and sleeve edges. Measurements: Bust: 26 inches (66 cm) Waist: 19 inches (49 cm) Skirt Length: 50-56 inches (127-142 cm)

In the Swan's Shadow: Two summer cotton print dresses, 1850s-60s

In the Swan's Shadow: Two summer cotton print dresses, 1850s-60s


Philadelphia Museum of Art 1850 Silk Brocade Dress

~Morning gown 1850s~

LSH | morgonklädning, Vit, Morgonrock

Fringed bodice with pagoda sleeves. 1850s