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1855 dress via The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

1855 dress via The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Engageants, with pagoda sleeves, round low neckline with fichu

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.

Ball Gown    Jean-Philippe Worth, 1898    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1898 ~ House of Worth: Ball Gown (front) ~ Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth ~ silk, rhinestones, metal ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fashion and Costume History     – Dress “a la transformation” (meaning it had...

Victorian Gown "a la disposition" with Original Pagoda Sleeves & Pelerine . This is the second photo of this dress on this board. The other photo shows it without the pelerine and with one sleeve attached.

Woman's evening dress, about 1859–60, silk & linen, 50.475, MFA Boston

Evening dress America Silk plain weave (taffeta), with warp-and-weft float patterning MFA Boston

Grey silk dress, American (1840s) Metropolitan Museum of Arts.  Beautiful wide, shallow neckline.  Shirred & smocked bodice.  The upper sleeves are also smocked.  Tightly gathered waist falls into a full bell-shaped skirt.

Dress Date: Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 51 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Judith and Ira Sommer Gift, 2008 Accession Number:

Queen Victoria 's dress

1851 Evening Dress of Queen Victoria made of blue watered Spitalfields silk, round necked short sleeve bodice decorated w lace on v-shaped stomacher, full skirt w half overskirt edged w ruched ribbon, decorated w printed bands of roses and foliage front

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