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Dress, 1805-1810, 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. The neo-classical design at the skirt's center front echoes the delicate swags on embroidered pictures, while the sheer gauze fabric (which required a solid color underdress to avoid indecent exposure) recalls the floating train on the Egyptian princess's dress in Ruth Green Barber's Moses picture.

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.

Photograph of French dress of red net with high waist, puff sleeves, and Kashmir-inspired motif at the hem, in the posession of the Musée Historique de Tissu de Lyon

Photograph of French Regency dress of red net with high waist, puff sleeves, and Kashmir-inspired motif at the hem, in the posession of the Musée Historique de Tissu de Lyon

Dress ca. 1799-1805 From the Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs de Lyon

Fripperies and Fobs Dress ca. 1810 From the Musée des Tissus et des Arts…

Dress 1805 The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Woman's Dress Made in United States, North and Central America, c. 1805 Indian export fine white cotton plain weave with white cotton embroidery in padded satin, stem, and chain stitches and drawn fabric work Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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