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Two-piece dress of Gros de Naples silk taffeta. V-neckline decorated with pleated silk organza, satin ribbon, and mechanical lace frill. Via Museo del Traje, Madrid.

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Dress with day & evening bodices, European, ca. Silk taffeta warp-printed in floral pattern. Day bodice has pagoda sleeves. Bunka Costume Museum I WANT THIS DRESS!

Handstitched dress, taffeta with brocade velvet, 1860. (Belonged to Empress Carlota of Mexico?) Collection of Museo Nacional de Historia, Castillo de Chapultepec. Photos: Omar Dumaine, via Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (link: http://www.inah.gob.mx/multimedia/hilos_mnh/moda_femenina/moda_femenina.html). CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Handstitched dress, taffeta with brocade velvet, (Belonged to Empress Carlota of Mexico?) Collection of Museo Nacional de Historia, Castillo de Chapultepec.

Day dress in 3 pieces (bodice, skirt, belt). Cream-colored wool with purple polka dots, lined in natural cotton and trimmed with purple silk ribbon. Lace trim on collar and cuffs. Long curved sleeves, full skirt with 3 tiers of ruffles above hem. Mode Museum, Antwerp

Day dress in 3 pieces (bodice, skirt, belt). Cream-colored wool with purple…

Those sleeves.  Met    c. 1850

Dress Date: ca. 1856 Culture: British Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimension available] Credit Line: Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith, 1969

Evening dress ca. 1842 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress Date: ca. 1842 Culture: American or European Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 56 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1975 Accession Number:

Back of dress pinned nearby. This very full skirt would have been achieved with the use of a cage crinoline below, a wire contraption women of my novel's timeframe (1853-4) were luckily not yet subjected to.

Back of dress pinned nearby. This very full skirt would have been achieved with the use of a cage crinoline below, a wire contraption women of my novels timeframe were luckily not yet subjected to.

Dress, Germany, ca. 1866. Silk taffeta. Three pieces—skirt, day bodice, and evening bodice. Photo: Marion Mennicken/Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln. Museum of Applied Art, Cologne, via Kulturelles Erbe Koeln

Dress, Germany, ca. 1866. Silk taffeta. Three pieces—skirt, day bodice, and evening bodice. Photo: Marion Mennicken/Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln. Museum of Applied Art, Cologne, via Kulturelles Erbe Koeln

1860s - American or European - Striking woven plaid gown. Interesting sleeves!

Silk Dress -- -- American or European -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute

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