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Ball Gown  Jeanne Paquin, 1895  The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I think this is one of my favorite dresses ever?

Ball Gown Jeanne Paquin, 1895 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I think this is one of my favorite dresses ever?

Ball Gown Jacques Doucet, 1902 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ball Gown Jacques Doucet, 1902 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (OMG that dress!)

Civil War Ball Gowns For Sale | Ooh, I love that box pleated trim! 1860–64 British silk dress

Civil War Ball Gowns For Sale | Ooh, I love that box pleated trim! 1860–64 British silk dress

Wedding dress Date: early 1880s Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 64 1/2 in. (163.8 cm) Length at CB (b): 41 in. (104.1 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Richard Martin, 1998

Wedding dress Date: early 1880s Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 64 1/2 in. (163.8 cm) Length at CB (b): 41 in. (104.1 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Richard Martin, 1998

c. 1805-1810 Embroidered Empire Muslin Gown - Click image to find more History Pinterest pins

c. 1805-1810 Embroidered Empire Muslin Gown - Click image to find more History Pinterest pins