France, c.1905. From the book "Historical Fashion in Detail. Underwear"    Gorgeous! Leave it to the French to make lingerie so pretty before the rest of the world.

France, c.1905. From the book "Historical Fashion in Detail. Underwear" Gorgeous! Leave it to the French to make lingerie so pretty before the rest of the world.

The Worth gown Alice Vanderbilt wore to Alva Vanderbilt's costume ball in 1883.  She was costumed as the 'Electric Light' and carried an electric torch above her head.

The Worth gown Alice Vanderbilt wore to Alva Vanderbilt's costume ball in 1883. She was costumed as the 'Electric Light' and carried an electric torch above her head.

BATTENBURG LACE SKIRT, c. 1910 Ecru cotton tape lace, hand assembled, bold design pattern of scrolls & flowers, (unfinished/unsized waist)

BATTENBURG LACE SKIRT, c. 1910 Ecru cotton tape lace, hand assembled, bold design pattern of scrolls & flowers, (unfinished/unsized waist)

Dress (Ball Gown)  Emile Pingat  (French, active 1860–96)  Date: ca. 1860 Culture: French Medium: silk

Dress (Ball Gown) Emile Pingat (French, active 1860–96) Date: ca. 1860 Culture: French Medium: silk

Dress, Evening  House of Worth  Date: 1898–1900 Culture: French Medium: silk, cotton, glass   Accession Number: 1976.258.2a, b

Dress, Evening House of Worth Date: 1898–1900 Culture: French Medium: silk, cotton, glass Accession Number: 1976.258.2a, b

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