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Spanish Dinner Dress, c. 1880. Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dinner Dress (British), Met Museum, c. 1855-59
Does this count as plaid?
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:
Dinner Dress, apparently, it’s Spanish! How exciting! 1880. The Met.
Dinner Dress 1875-78, located at the Metropoliton Museum.
Milgrim dinner dress ca. 1937 via The Meadow Brook Hall Historic Costume Collection
Dinner Dress | c. 1855
This gorgeous Dior dress from 1947 was one in the first post-war collection that was quickly dubbed “The New Look.” This look was soft, emphasizing the feminine and a woman’s figure - a far cry from the utilitarian, masculine looks of the war. The desired look was an hourglass figure not unlike that of the Victorian era: full bust and hips and a tiny waist with soft, sloping shoulders. Corsets were even used during this time to fake this look.
This dress is the “Chérie” dinner dress. When I first saw it I exclaimed that it was the perfect dress. Made of midnight blue silk, the skirt alone is comprised of thirteen and a half tightly-pleated yards of fabric. In the detail photo below you can see the beautiful handwork that was done to create these. What I wouldn’t give to wear this dress just once!
Dinner gown from 1876-1878. The low bodice suggests this is evening attire, but the shape of the neckline and length of the sleeves tells it is most likely a dinner dress. This is from a time during the Victorian era known as the Natural Form period, where the first phase of the bustle disappeared and clothing was cut very close to the body, showing a woman’s natural form.
From the V&A Museum.