Receiving gown 1877/8. You can see how the lobster tail was evolving into the form-fitting Natural Form shape. I love this dress.

Receiving gown 1877/8. You can see how the lobster tail was evolving into the form-fitting Natural Form shape. I love this dress.

Silk afternoon dress, American, 1885-88.  Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Silk afternoon dress, American, 1885-88. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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