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The Mystery of the Gray Striped Dresses: at top, a dress owned by Rosamund (Mrs. Edward) Hussey of Kent, England, maker unknown. Next to it is a painting by the American society portraitist JJ Shannon of Mrs. Hussey wearing the dress, shortly after her marriage in 1900. Below that, a photo of the painting being made! (Courtesy UK National Trust.) Bottom, two similar dresses by Jeanne Paquin. Left, 1912 (owned by the Met) and right, 1910 (sold by Auctions Eve). Both silk.

at top, a dress owned by Rosamund (Mrs. Edward) Hussey of Kent, Left, 1912 (owned by the Met) and right, 1910 (sold by Auctions Eve).

Irish, however.

This beautiful Irish crocheted dress was worn by Anna Vidal I Sola de Rocamora at the turn of the Century. The photo comes from Annie Potter's book, "A Living Mystery, the International Art & History of Crochet"

Rachel Bodley (1831-1888), the first female chemistry professor at Philadelphia’s Women’s Medical College from 1865 to 1873

The woman wearing a Balmoral ( long woollen petticoat) in this “carte de visite” is Rachel Bodley the first female chemistry professor at Philadelphia’s Women’s Medical College from 1865 to Hat, microscope, books

Another Habsburg in costume. Kaiserin Sissi´s youngest daughter, Archduchess Marie Valerie in a Rococco´s costume. 1888

Another Habsburg in costume. Kaiserin Sissi´s youngest daughter, Archduchess Marie Valerie (sister of Rudolf) in a Rococco costume.

girls fashion 1912 | Girls of all ages, 1912 | Titanic Fashion (C. 1910-1915)

A portrait of a Mother and her seven daughters don't often see people in these old photos that are beautiful by modern standards. These girls are unusually beautiful. Hard to guess which one is the mother.