Afternoon dress, 1860. Silk taffeta, two pieces. Photos: Jean Tholance. Les Arts Décoratifs and Europeana Fashion

Afternoon dress, 1860. Silk taffeta, two pieces. Photos: Jean Tholance. Les Arts Décoratifs and Europeana Fashion

Afternoon dress ca. 1874, in black & cream organza. Boat neckline, ruffled skirt with short train, apron draped with beautiful transparency effects and overlay printed decoration, weights to retain dress’s shape. Drouot Auctions

Afternoon dress ca. 1874, in black & cream organza. Boat neckline, ruffled skirt with short train, apron draped with beautiful transparency effects and overlay printed decoration, weights to retain dress’s shape. Drouot Auctions

Afternoon dress: Design House: House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) Date: ca. 1875 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 28 in. (71.1 cm) Length at CB (b): 61 in. (154.9 cm)

Afternoon dress: Design House: House of Worth (French, 1858–1956) Designer: Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) Date: ca. 1875 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 28 in. (71.1 cm) Length at CB (b): 61 in. (154.9 cm)

Christian Dior, "Abandon" afternoon dress. Fall 1948. Worn by Bettina Ballard, editor of Vogue.

Christian Dior, "Abandon" afternoon dress. Fall 1948. Worn by Bettina Ballard, editor of Vogue.

Madewell afternoon dress in saltwater stripe Great condition. Some extremely minor wear/pilling in armpit area. Some very minor wear/color fade around collar area. This has been worn and washed a handful of times so there is some very minor wash wear - a bit fuzzy along stripes - Also may be some slight color fade - especially because the fabric is kind of textured it appears to have "lines" - some areas which are a bit lighter - however I do believe it was this way when I purchased it…

Madewell afternoon dress in saltwater stripe

Madewell afternoon dress in saltwater stripe Great condition. Some extremely minor wear/pilling in armpit area. Some very minor wear/color fade around collar area. This has been worn and washed a handful of times so there is some very minor wash wear - a bit fuzzy along stripes - Also may be some slight color fade - especially because the fabric is kind of textured it appears to have "lines" - some areas which are a bit lighter - however I do believe it was this way when I purchased it…

ephemeral-elegance:  Wool Appliqued Velvet Afternoon Dress, ca. 1902 via Augusta Auctions

ephemeral-elegance: Wool Appliqued Velvet Afternoon Dress, ca. 1902 via Augusta Auctions

"Worth afternoon dress ca. 1900. Dresses were generally one piece with bodices and skirts sewn together, high boned collars, and a skirt that flared out like a trumpet. Front buttoned closings were also popular on bodices

"Worth afternoon dress ca. 1900. Dresses were generally one piece with bodices and skirts sewn together, high boned collars, and a skirt that flared out like a trumpet. Front buttoned closings were also popular on bodices

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