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And here is the dress that made my fashion history. I made this for homecoming. It was inspired from a Vogue pattern book my sewing teacher had from the 60's (sigh, what a beautiful era). The dress wowed everyone who saw me that night. (The picture was taken a future nights before). I felt so accomplished, and it was a reminder of how I wanted to a fashion designer and shouldn't give up, despite whoever says it isn't a real job.

Fashion Designer: Jeanne Lanvin Link: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2015/mar/05/jeanne-lanvin-palais-galliera-paris-exhibition-in-pictures

Fashion Designer: Jeanne Lanvin Link: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2015/mar/05/jeanne-lanvin-palais-galliera-paris-exhibition-in-pictures

simple evolution of dress fashions, 1600-1880

Cristobal Balenciaga

Clermont State Historic Site: Is it Really Necessary? Of Corset is!

A Walk Through Art History - Imgur

Mary FitzAlan, Duchess of Norfolk, 1555, by Hans Ewoth

Grand Duchess Elizabeth, dated 1885, by St. Petersburg photographer of the Russian Imperial court Bergamasco.

George Lewis Ruffin (16 December 1834 - 19 November 1886) was an American attorney and judge. In 1869 he was the first African American to graduate from Harvard Law School, and was elected as the first African American to serve on the Boston City Council. Ruffin was elected in 1870 to the Massachusetts Legislature. In 1883, he was appointed by the governor as a judge in the Charlestown district of municipal court, the first black judge in the United States.

Fashion plate, 1869 France, La Mode Illustree