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An unidentified woman modeling a mid-nineteenth century ensemble, 1913.
Ball gown, MFA Boston, c. 1860
Silk moiré ballgown with metallic gold appliquéd hem border, c.1860. From the Vintage Textile.
Court dress, V&A, c. 1860-65.
Helpful revenge, but still revenge.
I am in love with this apron! Featured in the Museum of the Confederacy, it was made to mimic the Confederacy’s early flag out of scrap flag fabric. (c. 1861-1865)
Silk evening dress | Metropolitan Museum | 1860-62
Afternoon Dress | c. 1865
The influence that military uniforms played on women’s dress during the years of the Civil War is evident here. Women reflected their patriotism readily in their mode of dress to help encourage the soldiers on to victory. The bands ending in rosettes on the skirt are reminiscent of swags and decorations at military ceremonies while the shoulder and sleeve decorations are taken from stripes and epaulets on military jackets.