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Ensemble, second quarter 20th century. Bulgarian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of John C. Monks, 1966 (2009.300.24a–c) | The embroidery nearly covers the surface of the skirt and combines both stylistic and naturalistic elements in the depiction of realistic irises and oversized potted flowers with their bold, definitive urns. #iris #flower

Evening Dress, 1884–86. American or European. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. J. Randall Creel IV, 1963 (C.I.63.23.3a, b) | The bustle, which took hold in the 1870s, was at its most exaggerated extension by 1885. At its extreme, it was almost perpendicular to the small of the back. It was a popular conceit that the cantilevers of these bustles could support an entire tea service. #OneMetManyWorlds

Liberty of London. Coat, Evening, 1910–15.Textile by Arthur Silver. British. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jane Mead von Salis Funtanella, 1984 (2009.300.551) #peacock

c. 1820 [under] dress, American or European. The Met, C.I.42.152.2. [A combination underdress and petticoat like this was worn under sheer net gowns. Pleating, tucking, and embroidered detail would show through the sheer overgown for more visual interest.]

Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, 1903–1993). Evening dress, 1937. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Bettina Ballard, 1952 (2009.300.1174)