Centennial ball gown, ca. 1876. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half 18th century half Victorian. Bodice, reconstructed with Victorian boning petersham, retains original sleeves. Petticoat was remade into bustle shape. Pale peach taffeta hand-embroidered with ivory silk floss medallions. Some of them were cut out of extra fabric and appliquéd as borders around the neckline and sleeves. Vintage Textile

Centennial ball gown, ca. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half century half Victorian. Bodice, reconstructed with Victorian boning petersham, retains original sleeves.

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Dress 1840 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dress 1840 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (OMG that dress!)

Ballgown, ca. 1865   Musée Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

ball gown 1865 this picture captures the excitement and apprehension young women must have felt going to their first balls.

1779

Silk Brocade Robe A L'anglaise

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