Victorian Era Fashion
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Silk dress, ca. 1858
c.1858 Blue silk taffeta evening dress with two-tier skirt. Antedates Virginia Shields Vaden’s marriage to William Vaden in 1858. The bodice is low cut and the sleeves are very long and full. All hems are finished with a border of silver floral jacquard ribbon and fringe. American, ca. 1855 Silk taffeta, jacquard woven ribbon, silk fringe
Two-pieced dress, possibly British, ca. 1895-1900, in dark blue silk rep. Bodice with high collar, leg o' mutton sleeves, wide lapels of blue moiré and inset of beige silk twill. Comes to a point front and back, lined with cotton, and closes with hooks & eyes. Raised skirt with pocket in right seam. Belt in dark blue velvet. Mode Museum, Antwerp
Dress, two pieces, circa 1896. Voided velvet, black chiffon, purple. Striking voided velvet pattern with pomegranate design. Skirt is ribbed silk and bodice has gathered black chiffon cuffs, puffed sleeves, and pigeon breasted-blouse front that would persist in popularity into the early 1900s. Via Chester County (PA) Historical Society.