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

An 1855 evening ensemble with an elaborate flounced skirt decorated with flowers and stripes. The introduction of the cage crinoline in the allowed skirts to reach enormous sizes. It also saw a vogue for horizontal stripes which echoed.

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

Evening dress Date: Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 58 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Samuel E. Haslett, 1920 Accession Number: b

Period Garment: Day and Evening Ensemble - ca. 1855 - American or European - silk (This gown has two bodices, one for day, and another for evening, click through to source for more images)

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

1865- MET

Evening dress Date: Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 61 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mae Schenck, 1963 Accession Number:

Can you imagine seeing this walk the red carpet?  Stunning! Evening dress Date: 1902 Culture: French Medium: silk, sequins Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Miss Irene Lewisohn, 1937

Half-mourning dress worn by Queen Alexandra in the year after the death of Queen Victoria.

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.

Evening gown, American or French, Pale cream figured silk trimmed with lace. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Late 1850's early 1860's. Ball gown by the neckline. Sleeves cover the elbow, elegantly. For a woman of a certain age?

Crinoline Evening Dress, ca. Evening dresses during the Crinoline period typically had much lower necklines and shorter sleeves than dresses worn in the day. Skirts were very voluminous. The fringe on the sleeves of this gown was very popular at the time

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