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Lady From Vienna (by josefnovak33)
Dressing gown, 1890
From Les Arts Decoratifs
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Portrait of Princess Elizaveta Alexandrovna Tchernicheva by Alexis-Joseph Perignon, 1853
Charles Worth Fancy Dress
I can’t tell what this is supposed to be. Late 1600’s/early 1700’s? An actual old woman trapped in the body of a 28 year old? The opposite of that? Was there cannibalism involved? At any rate it’s Worth.
‘The leisure hour’ 1871.
Worth Wedding Gown, Glenbow Museum, 1892
Though it’s out of order with the rest of the dresses, I had to post this Worth gown that vintagevision recommended. Isn’t it absolutely striking? I know from experience how difficult it is to manipulate and elegantly display silk satin, so I’m in awe of the expertise and beauty of this garment. C’est magnifique!
Walking dress, 1880’s
Research chemist William Perkin was trying to make quinine when he instead came up with a substance that has ensured the world is a brighter place.
“… For that privilege, thank a young Victorian research chemist. His attempt to create the anti-malarial medicine quinine from coal tar in his flat in Cable Street in the East End of London went serendipitously wrong as he worked over Easter 150 years ago… . Appropriately, considering the origins of Perkins’ colour, he was to receive a helping hand from the two most famous women of the day - both empresses. Queen Victoria caused a sensation when she stepped out at the Royal Exhibition in 1862 wearing a silk gown dyed with mauveine. In Paris, Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie, wowed the court when she was seen wearing it. To propel the scientist further on the way to a great fortune, the fashion of the time was for crinoline skirts that, happily for him, needed a lot of his revolutionary new dye.”
The entire article is fascinating!
Dress by Charles Frederick Worth, c. 1888. Source: Kyoto Costume Institute