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Civil War period silk day dress, 1860s, from the Vintage Textile archives

Civil War period silk day dress, from the Vintage Textile archives. Similar to the dresses Laura Towne wore as a cosmopolitan woman.

Warp-printed dress, circa 1864.

1864 ~ Warp-printed dress Don't know why they call it that but it looks almost modern, for a dress in the

loveisspeed.......: The art of dressing...1800's fashion..

Dress Date: ca. 1862 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (bolero): 19 in. cm) Length at CF (skirt and bodice): 55 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Katharine S.

Evening Dress with Lappet Belt, ca. 1865 Mme. Roger via MFA

Not a fan of the umbrella stripes, but the overskirt is gorgeous (and might be a good use for an especially pretty antique tablecloth) Evening Dress 1865 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - OMG that dress!

1857-1860 American silk evening dress worn to a White House Reception for James Buchanan. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection.

This dress was worn by the donor's grandmother, Mrs. James Bonner Collins, to a White House Reception for James Buchanan Its elegance is enhanced by the unique inclusion of a plain stripe textile in the pleats of the skirt

Beautiful Dress Details

Dress - Dress Designer: Depret (French) Date: Culture: French Medium: piña cloth, silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 13 in. cm) Length at CB (b): 61 in. cm) Waist (c): 25 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Miss Elizabeth R.

Evening dress ca. 1855-60 From the Leeds Museum and Galleries

Evening dress ~ ~ shimmering silk bodice with pelerine style bertha echoing a snowflake, repeated on the flounces of the sheer skirting. From the Leeds Museum & Galleries.

Day dress ca. 1861-63. Museum of London - Pattern in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion

Museum of London via Molly Elizabeth Costumes (The undersleeves on this are fabulous.

Blue ball gown

Inspiration for my novella, The Substitute Bride. A gown my heroine Gwen might wear. Evening Dress ca. 1865 from the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Dress  Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John W. Mackay, 1967 - Visit to grab an amazing super hero shirt now on sale!

Dress Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Mackay, 1967 - Visit to grab an amazing super hero shirt now on sale!

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