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Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art

Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art

Day dress ca. late 1870’s  From the Digitalt Museum  http://www.primusweb.no/things/kjole/NF/NF.1935-0014?material=Tekstil,+silke_context=1=50=6955=1193

Day dress ca. late 1870’s From the Digitalt Museum http://www.primusweb.no/things/kjole/NF/NF.1935-0014?material=Tekstil,+silke_context=1=50=6955=1193

1870 Ivory brocade two piece bustle wedding dress with woven paisley motifs, trimmed with beige organza bows and pleated beige taffeta frills: tied fitting bodice and long skirt with train.

1870 Ivory brocade two piece bustle wedding dress with woven paisley motifs, trimmed with beige organza bows and pleated beige taffeta frills: tied fitting bodice and long skirt with train.