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19th Century Fashion
Day dress ca. 1880s. Deep midnight blue silk brocade with ivory pleated silk inside sleeves and silk-covered buttons. Closes with hooks & eyes. svpmeow1/ebay
Afternoon Dress, Charles Frederick Worth. 1888, France. Prime example of the bustle skirt, which came back in the 1880s largely due to Worth’s influence in fashion & his desire to stimulate the silk manufacturing industry in France. This dress is an example of the Worth design aesthetic of using celestial motifs. The selvedge edges were exposed and used as a decorative device, a practice that continued through the 1910s, which was a way of utilizing the full width of these expensive textiles.