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Lord and Taylor (Department Store) | c. 1900
Holy moly, this is a department store dress?! Take me back to that time..
Robe and petticoat || V&A Museum || c. 1760-70
Jacques Doucet | c. 1900-05
Worn by a lady of society during her afternoon calls, this dress is an excellent representation of the complexity of surface decoration and lace treatment which are quintessential Belle Époque devices denoting opulence and luxury. The treatment of the velvet is exemplary, for such an advanced technique as impressed velvet would only be available to French couture houses. The jacket and bodice are quite becoming, as the blousing of the underbodice creates a bolero effect which was a prevalent style during this period. (The Metropolitan Museum)
"Katisha-San" Dior Evening Gown || MFA Boston || 2007
Strapless evening dress (Look 27 from Origami Couture collection, Spring/Summer 2007) of white silk satin; with red faille drape around skirt and watteau-like back pleats; white satin embroidered with Swarowski crystals and red faille embroidered with green bamboo and Japanese decorative motives in thick twist silk; White silk satin woven by Taroni and red faille woven by Veraseta. Created in the Couture Atelier of Dior, 300 hours of work.
Magnificent - I would wear this in a heartbeat.
Figured satin mourning dress || MFA Boston || c. 1890
Dress in two parts; black figured satin with all-over design of highly conventionalized scrolling leaves with pendent blossoms; fitted bodice (a) with folds of self material in front; hooked down center front; high, standing collar; long modified leg of mutton sleeves; jet-beaded trimming bands on collar, lower edge of sleeves, bands down center front and around bottom edge of bodice; (b) skirt with slight flar in front with most of fullness gathered to center back; matching self material bow below the collar.
Though the website doesn’t say so, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is a mourning gown, not only because of the colour but because of the jet trimming. It wouldn’t be full mourning, since it has fancier fabric, but all the other things point to a late mourning costume.
Yellow silk ballgown || MFA Boston || c. 1855-1860
Venetian dress || MFA Boston || c. 1700
Child’s Dress || MFA Boston || c. 1810s
The date is only my estimation, based on the very high waistline which came around during this decade, and the style of the gown, which is too simple for the also-high-waistline era of the 1820s.
Beadnet dress || MFA Boston || 2323–2150 B.C.
Because you all loved the first Egyptian beaded dress, I found another for you. I don’t believe this one was posted yet! It is from the Old Egyptian Kingdom in Dynasty 6. From the MFA website:
This beadnet dress is constructed of faience cylinder beads (field number 33-3-34) and 27 faience floral pendants (field number 33-3-35a), reconstructed by Sheila Shear in 2001.