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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.

Evening or dinner dress, Mme. Gabrielle, Paris, ca. early 1870s. Mme. Gabrielle, while not as well-known now, was as respected in her day as Charles Worth and other top Parisian designers. Charleston Museum Tumblr

Evening or dinner dress, Mme. Gabrielle, while not as well-known now, was as respected in her day as Charles Worth and other top Parisian designers.

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Special Garb: Couture - Purple velvet dress in two parts (bodice and skirt), by Atelier Worth, Paris, circa at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. Via Europeana Fashion.

Abito da pomeriggio americano, in seta e velluto, del 1897

Abito da pomeriggio americano, in seta e velluto, del 1897

Two-piece walking dress ca. 1899. Bodice has very elaborate collar including stitched applications, also on whole bodice. Three ornamental steel pearl buttons on bodice front. Small band applications over entire dress. Four decorative pleats on front of skirt, which ends in little train. Antique Gown

Two-piece walking dress ca. Bodice has very elaborate collar including stitched applications, also on whole bodice. Three ornamental steel pearl buttons on bodice front. Small band applications over entire dress. Four decorative pleats on front of s

....This is one of my favorite dresses from eons ago.......the blue is just beautiful.

Dress An fancy dress gown, incorporating ice blue brocaded satin, comprising bodice with deep curved front waist, cut high at the back with short tails, ruffled and gathered blue satin.

Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Bulbenkova (?), St. Petersburg, Russia. Late 19th to early 20th centuries. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread. State Hermitage Museum (links: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/08.+Applied+Arts/1263422/?lng=en, http://www.hermitageline.ru/ru/blog/view/bal). Other photos are via Ghosts of Imperial Russia's Tumblr. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE, HI-RES IMAGES.

Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread.

Evening dress, House of Worth, 1902. - Picmia

Evening dress, House of Worth, 1902 it is easy to understand why so many Worth gowns still exist.

HISTORICAL WHITE & PRINTED DRESSES

Ball gown, Worth, Pale oyster satin edged w/pale lilac-gray velvet. Boned bodice lacing in back, w/swagged fringes of crystal silvered beads outlining breasts, punctuated by couched silver thread bows.

Recreation of Marie Antoinette's court gown (Robe de cour) as painted by Vigee LeBrun in 1779. By Atelier Caraco Canezou for an exhibition in Japan

Recreation of Marie Antoinette's court gown (Robe de cour) as painted by Vigee LeBrun in By Atelier Caraco Canezou for an exhibition in Japan (replica dress)

Above: Winifred Anna, Duchess of Portland as Duchess of Savoy, by Alice Hughes, photogravure by Walker & Boutall, 1897. © National Portrait Gallery, London. Below: Fancy dress costume consisting of embroidered silver satin dress and lace ruff, "Duchess of Savoia," England, early 1897. Worn by the Duchess of Portland as "Duchess of Savoia" to the Duchess of Devonshire's Fancy Dress Ball, July 2, 1897. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Above: Winifred Anna, Duchess of Portland as Duchess of Savoy, by Alice Hughes, photogravure by Walker & Boutall,

House of Rouff, Paris, ca. 1897. Silk twill and silk cut velvet on twill foundation. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

C 1896 House of Rouff, Paris, silk twill and silk cut velvet on twill foundation. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

❤ Barroco. Me encantan el vestido, la falda, la blusa, especialmente las mangas.

Skirt - presumably from the wardrobe of Orsolya Dersffy, ca. Hungary, Italy, cut-pile velvet, raised embroidery of gilt silver thread; embroidered in silk thread

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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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