Regency gown and reticule

Jane Austen would have worn this style dress. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists.

Tea gown, House of Rouff, Paris, circa Ivory woven silk damask embroidered…

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Wedding gown, late 1870s-early 1880s. Cream-colored organza with lace. "Natural form" dress made of single unseamed panel from shoulder to hem so it lies flat. Long train. Fifteen rows of pleats that face upward and are framed by double-edged row of silk thread-trimmed, loosely woven organza ruffles. Machine- and hand-stitched. Close-fitting sleeves flare out with 2 rows of pleats, finished with tier of handmade silk lace and ivory silk faille ribbon, which is also at neckline

Wedding gown, late Cream-colored organza with lace. "Natural form" dress made of single unseamed panel from shoulder to hem so it lies flat.

Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art:

Walking suit, Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art

Four-piece ensemble of ivory silk satin & lace with taffeta trim, ca. 1870s. Basque bodice with ¾-length sleeves. Panel of lace at front of skirt, with fullness at back to accommodate bustle of satin and lace buttons with slight trim. Dark tan polished cotton underskirt; ivory satin cape with fringe. Worn as commencement dress. Vassar College Costume Collection

Four-piece ensemble of ivory silk satin & lace with taffeta trim, ca.

Day Gown  c. 1865-66  Silk taffeta & pearlized glass buttons  Gift of Anne Stampfer   FIDM Museum Study Collection  S94.661.5A-D    Shawl  c. 1860-70  Silk Chantilly lace  Gift of Yvonne Hummel  FIDM Museum Study Collection  S2010.947.1    Parasol   c.1850-1870  Silk taffeta & wood  Gift of The Napa County Historical Society  FIDM Museum Study Collection  S2009.1001.20

Day Gown Silk taffeta & pearlized glass buttons, gift of Anne Stampfer. Shawl Silk Chantilly lace, gift of Yvonne Hummel. Parasol Silk taffeta & wood, gift of The Napa County Historical Society.

Dafodils

Tea gown, Philadelphia, circa Beige silk lined with yellow silk satin; Hand-embroidered with daffodils. Small glass beads form the center of the flowers. Front opening with hook & eye fasteners. American Museum in Britain

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