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Day Dress | 1880 | Met Museum
Day Dress (American) | IMA | 1860s
Cotton Dress | Centraal Museum | 1860
Silk Dress (American) | IMA | 1910s
Silk Dress | Centraal Museum | c. 1837-39
Beaded Dress and Jacket | Shoe-Icons | 1920s
“Cloth-of-silver” (silk bobbinet embroidered with heavy silver lamé) wedding dress with white silk satin lining and silver metallic-thread embroidery, English, c. 1816.
Made by “Mrs. Triaud of Bolton Street” and worn by Princess Charlotte for her wedding to Prince Leopold. The dress apparently required 500 hours of detailed hand-stitching in ultra-fine, mono-filament silk threads, “almost invisible to the naked eye.”
Day Dress | c. 1947
An enormous bustle bow dominates this striped silk dress by Victor Steibel. In February 1947 Christian Dior had launched the New Look featuring pinched waists, full skirts and a soft shoulder line. It was an attempt to reinstate feminity in dress after a period of wartime austerity and shortage. The impractical scale and frivolity of Steibel’s bow was clearly a defiant gesture against rationing. It makes lavish use of material and is so large and weighty that it requires the support of a sturdy horsehair frill beneath the skirts.
Cotton dress (French), Met Museum, 1912-1915