Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, circa 1885. Silk brocade, silk satin, and cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress."

Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, circa 1885. Silk brocade, silk satin, and cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress."

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