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Ball gown (British), Met, 1855-60
A particular favourite of mine - I’m in love with the shock of the dark detailing!
fripperiesandfobs asked: To the last ask: The brown parts are the actual parts of the dress fabric that survive. The dress was on Eleanor's corpse and so was very deteriorated when it was discovered. The cream/beige parts are fabric that was used to back the actual surviving silk and give it stability while also giving an idea of what the original skirt panels and bodice looked like.
With all due respect, apparently that’s not true. What you see of the dress is extant, and the brown staining is due to the decomposition of the body - that is why the back of the dress is more intact than the front, since the bodily fluids helped to preserve the fabric. Although if you have a source that says otherwise, I’d be happy to post it!
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lady Godey’s 1860 fashion plate. Gorgeous gowns.
1860s ball gown bodice.
Late 1860s ball gown - I believe this is housed in the Musée Galliera!
Late 1860s ball gown from Nationalmuseet.
1860s evening dresses. Both are so stunning!
I’ve been searching for the origin of the dress in the foreground for the longest time, with no luck. I would be infinitely obliged if anyone knows where this dress lies!
The dress in the background is housed at the Cincinnati Art Museum:
Charles Frederick Worth Evening Ensemble, Met Museum, c. 1862-65. Isn’t that lovely?