Queen Louisa Ulrica's coronation gown of 1751.The robes de cour in the Swedish Royal collection are all in pristine condition: this results from their only having been worn once & then packed away. In the 18th century all clothing was kept in presses (ie. large cupboards containing wide sliding drawers) or trunks & was thus kept flat with no vertical strain on the materials.
Franz Lehar's 1905 operetta "The Merry Widow" lent its name to the newest fashion in ladies' hats during the Edwardian period. These hats were often outrageously sized, wide brimmed and decorated with expensive feathers and flowers. In 1908 J Grollman produced a series of Merry Widow Hat postcards poking fun at this fashion.