Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical, resources. In 1884, Liberty & Co. hired Edward William Godwin, an architect and proponent of Aesthetic dress and dress reform, to head their new costume department. This tea…

Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical, resources. In 1884, Liberty & Co. hired Edward William Godwin, an architect and proponent of Aesthetic dress and dress reform, to head their new costume department. This tea…

19th Century Fashion Timeline by Terrizae.deviantart.com on @deviantart - Click the pin to access a full-sized version!

19th Century Fashion Timeline by Terrizae.deviantart.com on @deviantart - Click the pin to access a full-sized version!

Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," from the Vienna Museum.

Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," from the Vienna Museum.

ORGANDY & LACE DRESS PARTS, 1860-1870

ORGANDY & LACE DRESS PARTS, 1860-1870

The Story of a Seamstress: 1850s  My dream dress!!! I could so wear this! Mom? Kacy? Hint hint for birthday?:) @Rossella Pogue @Kacy Pogue

The Story of a Seamstress: 1850s My dream dress!!! I could so wear this! Mom? Kacy? Hint hint for birthday?:) @Rossella Pogue @Kacy Pogue

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