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Evening gown, probably British, ca. 1885. Bodice & skirt in moiré silk overlaid & trimmed with machine lace. Bodice heavily boned and very close-fitting, with narrow waist and laced in back to resemble corset. Deep point of bodice gracefully curves over back of skirt, which has folds of moiré silk draped across front & sides to complement huge bow. Victoria & Albert Museum

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Evening gown, probably British, ca. Bodice & skirt in moiré silk overlaid & trimmed with machine lace. Bodice heavily boned and very close-fitting, with narrow waist and laced in back to resemble corset. And that is a huge bow.

Court dress of ivory silk and silk tulle, Great Britain, 1860-65. Photos © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Low neck and short sleeves trimmed with tiers of net, machine embroidered in yellow chain stitch, which is also on the front of the bodice, where it is edged with ruched yellow and white gauze ribbon. Train, 11 ft. long, attaches to waist, hand-embroidered in satin stitch with roses and morning glory, edges trimmed with machine embroidered net-insertion with pleated ribbon borders.

Court dress of ivory silk and silk tulle, Great Britain, Photos © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Pinning this 1885 American wedding dress purely for the little lace skirt below the bodice. I must remember that for design reasons!

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possibly modified in early Silk taffeta in cinnamon brocade figured with ivory floral sprays. Bodice has low curved basque in front and broad pleats in back, is edged in ruffled pleats

I just want to put it on, walk around a little bit and have my picture taken....pleasssssse.

Crinoline Evening Dress, ca. Evening dresses during the Crinoline period typically had much lower necklines and shorter sleeves than dresses worn in the day. Skirts were very voluminous. The fringe on the sleeves of this gown was very popular at the time

Evening dress by Jeanne Paquin, spring/summer collection, Paris, 1912. This dress in pastel shades combines a tunique in light green silk in tabby weave with a skirt made of cream silk satin. The rose...

Evening dress by Jeanne Paquin, spring/summer collection, Paris, This dress in pastel shades combines a tunique in light green silk in tabby weave with a skirt made of cream silk satin. The rose red corset belt accentuates the high waist.

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