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A dress from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, circa 1863. Love the unexpected color combination and the graphic quality of the decoration.

A dress from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, circa 1863. Love the unexpected color combination and the graphic quality of the decoration.

Christian Dior, Cocktail dress, 1958. Exclusive for Japan Salon Daimaru Dior. / ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Richard Haughton

Christian Dior, Cocktail dress, 1958. Exclusive for Japan Salon Daimaru Dior. / ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Richard Haughton

Dress 1836, British, Made of silk.  Taupe silk with lighter beige striping, and exquisitely embroidered with floral sprigs.  Classic elements of gowns of this period:  boat neckline, massive puffed sleeves attach to the bodice from drop shoulders, cinched waist and full gathered skirt.

Dress 1836, British, Made of silk. Taupe silk with lighter beige striping, and exquisitely embroidered with floral sprigs. Classic elements of gowns of this period: boat neckline, massive puffed sleeves attach to the bodice from drop shoulders, cinched waist and full gathered skirt.

Zouave dress ca. early 1860s. Three pieces (bodice, skirt, bolero jacket). Jacket and skirt of light caramel brown silk faille with shirred white tulle trim on sleeves and velvet ribbon and lace motifs. Bodice of white canvas covered in front with brown taffeta; closes front with 11 buttons. Danish National Museum

Zouave dress ca. early 1860s. Three pieces (bodice, skirt, bolero jacket). Jacket and skirt of light caramel brown silk faille with shirred white tulle trim on sleeves and velvet ribbon and lace motifs. Bodice of white canvas covered in front with brown taffeta; closes front with 11 buttons. Danish National Museum

Dress Date: ca. 1857 Culture: European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edwin R. Metcalf, 1969 Accession Number: C.I.69.32.2a, b

Dress Date: ca. 1857 Culture: European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edwin R. Metcalf, 1969 Accession Number: C.I.69.32.2a, b

CHANGEABLE SILK BROCADE GOWN, c. 1855. 1-piece grey with blue and platinum floral, boned bodice having pleated open bell sleeve and capelet decorated with fringed ribbon and self piping, lace under-sleeves and collar, full skirt with front pleats and back gauged gathers, brown linen bodice lining, pocket and hem backing.

CHANGEABLE SILK BROCADE GOWN, c. 1855. 1-piece grey with blue and platinum floral, boned bodice having pleated open bell sleeve and capelet decorated with fringed ribbon and self piping, lace under-sleeves and collar, full skirt with front pleats and back gauged gathers, brown linen bodice lining, pocket and hem backing.

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