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Wedding dress, Great Britain, 1779. This robe and petticoat is made of white silk woven with silver strip in a design of small silver leaves. It is decorated with a fringe made of strands of silver thread, strip and spangles, interspersed with tassels of the same materials. White and silver became popular colours for brides after Oliver Goldsmith’s play, The Good-Natur’d Man was first performed in 1768. V&A

Wedding dress, Great Britain, 1779. This robe and petticoat is made of white silk woven with silver strip in a design of small silver leaves. It is decorated with a fringe made of strands of silver thread, strip and spangles, interspersed with tassels of the same materials. White and silver became popular colours for brides after Oliver Goldsmith’s play, The Good-Natur’d Man was first performed in 1768. V&A

Gown

Gown

This robe and petticoat dating from 1779 is made of white silk woven with silver strip in a design of small silver leaves. It is decorated with a fringe made of strands of silver thread, strip and spangles, interspersed with tassels of the same materials. Find out more http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O127207/wedding-dress-unknown/

Gown

This robe and petticoat dating from 1779 is made of white silk woven with silver strip in a design of small silver leaves. It is decorated with a fringe made of strands of silver thread, strip and spangles, interspersed with tassels of the same materials. Find out more http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O127207/wedding-dress-unknown/

Wedding dress Date: 1776 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 2009.300.731

Wedding dress Date: 1776 Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: 2009.300.731

Afternoon dress ca. 1868.  Not a fan of the dresses around the American Civil War-here or abroad.  Even Mary Todd Lincoln's dresses-she was a clotheshorse- just look...big!  Bustles just augment the effect, and ladies, can you imagine sitting comfortably wearing a bustle?

Afternoon dress ca. 1868. Not a fan of the dresses around the American Civil War-here or abroad. Even Mary Todd Lincoln's dresses-she was a clotheshorse- just look...big! Bustles just augment the effect, and ladies, can you imagine sitting comfortably wearing a bustle?

Wedding dress, 1770s, said to have been worn by Alice Westcott, Killerton Costume Collection at Killerton, Devon

Wedding dress, 1770s, said to have been worn by Alice Westcott, Killerton Costume Collection at Killerton, Devon

Yellow brocade

Yellow brocade

Robe à l'anglaise | ca. 1780 | Colonial Williamsburg This dress is cotton with silk embroidery - which just goes to show how spectacular an “average” material can become.

Robe à l'anglaise | ca. 1780 | Colonial Williamsburg This dress is cotton with silk embroidery - which just goes to show how spectacular an “average” material can become.

Caraco jacket in printed cotton, England, 1770-1790, skirt in quilted silk satin, 1750-1790. Jacoba de Jonge Collection in MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp

Caraco jacket in printed cotton, England, 1770-1790, skirt in quilted silk satin, 1750-1790. Jacoba de Jonge Collection in MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp

Peach silk satin robe a l'anglaise (front), American, 1780s.

Peach silk satin robe a l'anglaise (front), American, 1780s.

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