This very tiny collection of gowns from 1910-15 are part of the fifty-thousand strong collection that forms the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation. The last two photos feature various costumes ranging from the late 19th to early 20th century featured on the Foundation’s website.
"Emily Jane Whitley was a New Zealand socialite of the early 20th century. This page (which features the gown) quotes her grandson as saying, in part, 'She was the only daughter of a wealthy, self-made, city merchant. She did not work, had indulgent parents, and life was a busy social whirl. This dress...has an eighteen inch waist, achieved using strong, stiff corsetry, but Emily was proud that she had once been laced down to sixteen inches