Centennial ball gown, circa 1876. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half 18th century and half Victorian. Bodice, reconstructed with Victorian boning petersham, retains original sleeves. Petticoat was remade into bustle shape. Pale peach taffeta hand-embroidered with ivory silk floss medallions. Some of them were cut out of extra fabric and appliquéd as borders around the neckline and sleeves. Via Vintage Textile.
Reception gown, Jane E. Turner, New York, 1877. Two-piece dress of claret-colored velvet and taffeta with bustle and train. Self-covered buttons at center front with detail embroidery. Asymmetrically trimmed with draped swags, knotted cotton fringe and self-fabric bows. Hand- and machine-sewn. Miss Turner charged the client $128.33 for the dress, which she wore at a White House reception. Minnesota Historical Society