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The first mention of the robe-sylphide appeared in L’art et la Mode in 1899, the year that Margaine-Lacroix inherited her business from her mother.

Margaine-Lacroix and the dresses that shocked Paris

Les Halles de Paris - Paris 1er Un matin aux Halles... (ancienne carte postale, vers 1900).

Les Halles de Paris - Paris 1er Un matin aux Halles... (ancienne carte postale, vers 1900).

A cherry print Victorian dress...I think I've died and gone to historical fashion heaven! :) (House of Worth evening dress from 1898.) #Vict...

Evening dress House of Worth (French, Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, Date: 1898 Culture: French Medium: silk, rhinestones. Back Victorian fashion

Paris 1900, installation du métropolitain, ici sur l'avenue Kléber.

Paris 1900, installation du métropolitain, ici sur l'avenue Kléber.

Alphonse Mucha, Nature, 1899-1900.

Nature by Alphonse Mucha Start Date: 1899 Completion Style: Art Nouveau (Modern) Genre: sculpture Gallery: Mucha Museum This is gorgeous

Walking suit, Redfern Paris, ca. 1889. Brown felted wool with black soutache braid and astrakhan trim. Fitted, boned bodice with side buttoning; skirt with fullness at the back; matching bonnet by Louise & Co of Regent Street, London. Kerry Taylor Auctions

TRIM DETAILS Walking suit, Redfern Paris, ca. Brown felted wool with black soutache braid and astrakhan trim. Fitted, boned bodice with side buttoning; skirt with fullness at the back; matching bonnet by Louise & Co of Regent Street, London.

Charles Frederick Worth Visite Paris, c. 1885 ‘Off-white silk faille; braid trimming with wooden bead wrapped by silk threads. A visite was a woman’s cape-like outdoor garment, worn in the latter half of the nineteeth century.’ From the book Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute - A History from the 18th to the 20th Century by Akiko Fukai

Charles Frederick Worth Visite Paris, c. 1885 ‘Off-white silk faille; braid trimming with wooden bead wrapped by silk threads. A visite was a woman’s cape-like outdoor garment. From "Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute" - by Akiko Fukai

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