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Robe du soir, vers 1860, - soie, reps de soie, taffetas imprimé sur chaîne -, Château-Chinon, musée du costume, © Conseil Général de la Nièvre

Robe du soir, vers 1860, - soie, reps de soie, taffetas imprimé sur chaîne -, Château-Chinon, musée du costume, © Conseil Général de la Nièvre

1867 lady's lilac colored silk taffeta three piece gown, self fabric buttons, an ornate collar elaborate bowed and fringed cuffs to the modified pagoda sleeves. A separate matching waist sash with a back bow with decorative buckle and a three part split tail. A gored front and a cartridge pleated back to the unlined skirt with a transitional bustle, a deep crinoline faced hem and a silk satin floor brush. 18" from shoulder to shoulder 36" bust 24" waist and 59" from shoulder to front hem

A very romantic original circa 1867 lady's lilac colored fully trained silk taffeta three piece gown : back view

Kyoto Costume Institute- these steel hoops helped shape the most popular form of skirts from this time period.

Crinoline 1865 One of the most characteristic features of fashion during the middle of the century was the crinoline style, using crinolines incorporating steel hoops. Skirts began to swell out.

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American Dress, 1855-1865  Silk, Military Embellishments  Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith to The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date: Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 30 in. cm) Length (b): 38 in. cm) Length at CB (c): 59 in. cm) Length (d): 25 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mary Pierrepont Beckwith, 1969

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