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Ensemble (dress with day & evening bodices)  Date: ca. 1855  Culture: American or European  Medium: silk

Ensemble (dress with day & evening bodices) Date: ca. 1855 Culture: American or European Medium: silk

"Something for Sophronia herself to wear" 1850-1852 Evening Dress  The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Finishing School

"Something for Sophronia herself to wear" 1850-1852 Evening Dress The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Finishing School

Ensemble (Day and Evening Bodices), Day Dress: ca. 1855, American or European, silk.

Ensemble (Day and Evening Bodices), Day Dress: ca. 1855, American or European, silk.

Dress Date: ca. 1857 Culture: European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edwin R. Metcalf, 1969 Accession Number: C.I.69.32.2a, b

Dress Date: ca. 1857 Culture: European Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edwin R. Metcalf, 1969 Accession Number: C.I.69.32.2a, b

Evening dress ca.1850-1855

Evening dress ca.1850-1855

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

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

I love the front bodice & how the loose folds on the neckline contrast with the tight pleats on the bodice back. I particularly like how the top overskirt/train is pulled back & very loosely folded and draped.

I love the front bodice & how the loose folds on the neckline contrast with the tight pleats on the bodice back. I particularly like how the top overskirt/train is pulled back & very loosely folded and draped.

Print Dress, ca. 1850 a bit early for civil war clothing.  But love the rich colors

Print Dress, ca. 1850 a bit early for civil war clothing. But love the rich colors

I just want to put it on, walk around a little bit and have my picture taken....pleasssssse.

I just want to put it on, walk around a little bit and have my picture taken....pleasssssse.

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