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SKIRT LENGTH. This picture, made in Randolph, VT, shows a mature woman with a skirt only inches from the floor in length and a little girl with a mid-calf-length skirt. When Papa said she was old enough to court for marriage, a young woman would lengthen her skirts and put up her hair. The decision was based on her ability to manage a house and be a wife and mother, not her age. Growth pleats in the little girl's skirt would be let out as she grew so she could wear the dress longer…

SKIRT LENGTH. This picture, made in Randolph, VT, shows a mature woman with a skirt only inches from the floor in length and a little girl with a mid-calf-length skirt. When Papa said she was old enough to court for marriage, a young woman would lengthen her skirts and put up her hair. The decision was based on her ability to manage a house and be a wife and mother, not her age. Growth pleats in the little girl's skirt would be let out as she grew so she could wear the dress longer…

Recreation of Marie Antoinette's court gown (Robe de cour) as painted by Vigee LeBrun in 1779. By Atelier Caraco Canezou for an exhibition in Japan

Recreation of Marie Antoinette's court gown (Robe de cour) as painted by Vigee LeBrun in 1779. By Atelier Caraco Canezou for an exhibition in Japan

March 1861 Peterson's Magazine; The Highland walking dress of plain delaine and held up with "pages" over a Balmoral skirt usually made of gray flannel &  trimmed with red horizontal stripes.  A loose jacket is worn over a linen chemisette. The jacket is trimmed in braid &  buttons, an embassy hat with plume adorns the head.

March 1861 Peterson's Magazine; The Highland walking dress of plain delaine and held up with "pages" over a Balmoral skirt usually made of gray flannel & trimmed with red horizontal stripes. A loose jacket is worn over a linen chemisette. The jacket is trimmed in braid & buttons, an embassy hat with plume adorns the head.

Vintage Late 19th Century Victorian Ladies' White Cotton Mesh Corset with Garters

Vintage Late 19th Century Victorian Ladies' White Cotton Mesh Corset with Garters

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