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Fashion plate, 1870, Peterson’s Magazine    The late 1860’s and early 1870’s saw a wave of nostalgia for the supposedly simpler times of the Regency/Empire/Federal era.  This is reflected in the brief return of the empire waist, which imho sometimes looks a little odd when paired with cage crinolines and bustles, but I do love the early bustle period.  Nostalgia for the early 1800’s would continue in the form of books, art and postcards.

Fashion plate, 1870 US, Peterson’s Magazine The late and early saw a wave of nostalgia for the supposedly simpler times of the Regency/Empire/Federal era. This is reflected in the brief.

Portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1857 Russia, State Hermitage Museum

Франц Ксавер Винтерхальтер (Franz Xaver Winterhalter) Portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1857 Russia…

1834 fashion plate, bows on gown

Victorian fashion - women’s fashion feature the infamous gigot sleeve, one of the widest in the history of women’s fashion.

Dress, 1831-35From Cora Ginsburg

Dress, 1831-35From Cora Ginsburg (Fripperies and Fobs)

Evening dress Date: ca. 1835 Culture: British Medium: silk, wool, cotton

Evening dress Date: ca. 1835 Culture: British Medium: silk, wool, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 47 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Trust Gift, 1984 Accession Number:

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