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Evening dress made of 18th century fabric, 1840s | In the Swan's Shadow

- 1849 Silk brocade evening dress, bodice closeup of pleated neckline & bow trim.

Ensemble ca. 1855

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Summer Clothes of the and Centuries," June Metropolitan Museum of Art

1856 Ball gown. American. Silk. metmuseum

Ballgown 1854 - Metropolitan Museum of Art This dress shows the layers of ruffles that were so popular in the It is made of very.

Back view of this American -Civil War era dress.  Champagne silk with beautiful black military-style decoration at the shoulders.  Black accent at the small of the back & along the hemline of the jacket styled bodice.  The enormous skirt is spread over a bell hoop.  This shows over the beautiful sweep of the gown's hemline.

Military-style decoration was recapitulated in civilian clothing, as seen in the front closure, shoulders, and cuffs of the bodice of this dress, although the actual decoration is here deliberately feminized

Dress 1862, French, Made of silk trim is different

Dress Date: ca. 1862 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (bolero): 19 in. cm) Length at CF (skirt and bodice): 55 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Katharine S.

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