Chemise “ Rita de Acosta Lydig a noted beauty and style icon of the early century, owned this nightgown. Many of de Acosta Lydig’s garments feature lace panels or trim which.
1920s Off-white chiffon with floral lace trim CAMISOLE and PANTIES. ”The long drawers of the 19th and early 20th centuries gave way to panties as skirts shortened. Although some drawers were stitched together, most had been split without a crotch seam. Some panties in the 1920s had the front and back panels joined only by a narrow ribbon.” (Undress guide copy, 9/2012)
Above: "The Debutantes," by Marta Aronssohn-Danzig, 1889. Christie's, via Gogmsite. Below: Gown by Charles Frederick Worth, c. 1888, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pink silk satin with matching silk tulle and lace applied trim. Worn by Esther Chapin as a 17 or 18 year old debutante. Ordered with three bodices, the gown can be transformed into a dinner dress, a ball gown (as shown here) or a court presentation gown.
Dress, Evening Lucile (British, Date: Culture: British Medium: metallic thread Dimensions: Length at CB: 45 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, New School for Social Research Fund, 1993 Accession Number: [many photos]