Sack-back gown, Britain. From the 17th century to the late 19th century, most women had at least one pair of pockets, which served a similar purpose as a handbag does today. There are no pockets visible on this woman’s ensemble. They were usually worn underneath their petticoats.
1905 lace/tulle under skirt, Made from cream colored cotton tulle, the skirt is appliquéd with large tape lace bows, small princess lace flowers, and Irish crochet rosettes. It is longer and fuller in back, forming a small train.
Ivory silk bodice, petticoat and sleeve with large patterned mauve ribbon in double bows to elbow from which cascades three tiers of delicate ivory lace (engageantes), matching patterned mauve ribbon cockade-like bows to center of bodice, holding in place a delicate lace worked fichu that drapes up over the shoulders. Detail from The Queen Dowager Juliane Marie, 1776, Denmark, by Vigilius Eriksen.