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1868 dress sleeve detail - puffs of linen lawn interspersed with bands of silk satin and lace, Maltese-style bobbin lace.

This rather lovely gown in the collection of the Museum of London was worn by Queen Victoria in 1855 on her state visit to Napoleon III and Empress Eugènie in Paris.

1850s watered silk evening dress - good example of upper class fabric - but hard to buy these days!

Evening dress, 1855-1860, British, silk and linen. From the shoulder to hem 136.5 cm. Lovely and elegant mantle-style bodice with sculpting and trim repeated on the flounces. Excellent Victorian example of the pure, sweet, princess look. From the Leeds Museums and Galleries Collections.

Ball gown for a young lady, U.K., ca. 1860. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo

Ball gown for a young lady, U.K., ca. 1860. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo

Woman's Dress: Bodice, Skirt and Underbodice Artist/maker unknown, American Date: c. 1850 Silk brocade, cotton/linen lace

Trousseau dress, 1869. Dark brown silk poplin trimmed with light brown-yellow silk satin. Bodice has crew neckline with long sleeves & center front button closure. Skirt is full with cartridge pleats into waistband & small train. Belt has fishtail design at center back and closes with hook & eyes. Chicago History Museum

Haute Couture Victorian fashion court dress gown ensemble from Italian 1857-1860 19th century #Historical #Costume. Made from silk, gold metallic embroidered flower floral, bead, sequin and lace trimming. Embroidery on decollete, flounced sleeve creates a decorative effect emphasizes the bodice, waistline and hem. Full hips are enhanced by puffed skirt and petticoat. The back is in contrasting color where it emerges and flow into a graceful train. #Hautecouture #Vintage #Victorian #Fashion