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Dinner dress ca. 1870s. Magenta silk faille. Bodice has back & front points and is trimmed with beaded white chenille fringe & self-fabric ruffles. Skirt has long fringed chenille side panels & self-fabric hem tabs. Augusta Auctions

Bodice has back and front points and is trimmed with beaded white chenille fringe and self-fabric ruffles. Skirt has long fringed chenille side panels and self-fabric hem tabs. Via Augusta Auctions.

Four-piece ensemble of ivory silk satin & lace with taffeta trim, ca. 1870s. Basque bodice with ¾-length sleeves. Panel of lace at front of skirt, with fullness at back to accommodate bustle of satin and lace buttons with slight trim. Dark tan polished cotton underskirt; ivory satin cape with fringe. Worn as commencement dress. Vassar College Costume Collection

Four-piece ensemble of ivory silk satin & lace with taffeta trim, ca.

1888

by Mme. Uoll Gross, New York, Silk and metal. The sleek lines of this dress have an Art Nouveau feel, but the side silhouette is as bulky as that of any other bustle dress. Metropolitan Museum of Art

PURPLE STRIPE DAY DRESS, 1860s, light weight wool woven in alternating dark & light stripes with orange pin stripes, jet buttons and trim; cap sleeves with jet tassels, bodice lined with brown cotton; bust: 35"; waist: 27"; length: 54-59"

light weight wool woven in alternating dark & light purple stripes w/ orange pin stripes, jet F buttons & trims, cap sleeve w/ jet tassels, brown cotton bodice lining,

Dress, European, ca. 1868-70. Mauve & gray silk moiré, warp-printed w/roses & ribbon. Purple satin ribbon & silk fringe. Bodice w/white Maltese bobbin lace and mauve & white net. Skirt cut in 7 widths. Evening bodice w/wide, shallow neckline w/boned seams. Short sleeves w/lace trim & narrow velvet ribbon drawstring at neck. Day bodice has long sleeves; armhole seams piped w/purple satin. 3 purple satin bands outline square yoke w/purple silk fringe. Manchester Galleries

Dress, European, ca. 1868-70. Mauve & gray silk moiré, warp-printed w/roses & ribbon. Purple satin ribbon & silk fringe. Bodice w/white Maltese bobbin lace and mauve & white net. Skirt cut in 7 widths. Evening bodice w/wide, shallow neckline w/boned seams. Short sleeves w/lace trim & narrow velvet ribbon drawstring at neck. Day bodice has long sleeves; armhole seams piped w/purple satin. 3 purple satin bands outline square yoke w/purple silk fringe. Manchester Galleries

Day dress ca. 1861-62. Two pieces. Bodice has round neckline, pagoda sleeves, and front closure with 12 buttons. Skirt comprises 8 panels with small ruffle at hem. Musée Galliera

Day dress, circa Two pieces. Bodice has round neckline, pagoda sleeves, and front closure with 12 buttons. Skirt comprises 8 panels with small ruffle at hem. Via Musée Galliera.

1870s Tea Gown

Back of Kimono tea gown. Tea gown Pink silk taffeta and embroidered crepe Date: This dress was made from authentic kimono fabric imported to America from Japan.

Dress, possibly American, ca. 1866-68. Four pieces: 2 bodices, skirt, and belt. Magenta silk satin with black silk satin & black cotton lace. Trimmed in the fashionable apron style, skirt has 9 tapered pieces at front & sides and one straight length at back, with deep pleating at back waist that flows into full train. Shown here is the high-necked bodice for formal daytime wear. It also has lower-cut evening bodice. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Four pieces: 2 bodices, skirt, and belt. Magenta silk satin with black silk satin & black cotton lace. Shown here is the high-necked bodice for formal daytime wear. It also has lower-cut evening bodice.

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