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Evening bodice with lace bertha and engageantes, 1857-58, Château de Compiègne. This was the bodice that Empress Eugénie of France was wearing at the time of Orsini's assassination attempt (January 14, 1858). Photos © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / René-Gabriel Ojéda. (See link: http://www.photo.rmn.fr/archive/08-532886-2C6NU0TLUA9F.html)

Evening bodice with lace bertha and engageantes, 1857-58, Château de Compiègne. This was the bodice that Empress Eugénie of France was wearing at the time of Orsini's assassination attempt (January 14, 1858). Photos © RMN-Grand Palais (domaine de Compiègne) / René-Gabriel Ojéda. (See link: http://www.photo.rmn.fr/archive/08-532886-2C6NU0TLUA9F.html)

Evening bodice, 1855-65, silk, whale boned, 19''/49 cm waist. Waistband inside with a bracket. Back closure with 20 pairs of eyelets, original tape has aiguillettes (refined metal tips). Bertha is formed with overlapping strips of silk, lace, fringe and mechanical flywheel tulle. Entire lower body contour is trimmed with silk fringe. Short sleeves hidden by bertha, adorned with a ribbon and double pleated tulle application, the cuff closes with a small pearl button. In the Swan's Shadow.

This green silk bodice, ca. is an example of some that are in my novel--an innovation that allowed women to remove the bodice but stay in the skirt. Different bodices were used for tea, dinner and the opera, so as to allow a woman to change more quickly.

All The Pretty Dresses: Late 1860's Blue Ball Gown Bodice Because most ball gown bodices were pointed, this reminds of the fashion plates where a pointed belt was worn during the evening.

All The Pretty Dresses: Late Blue Ball Gown Bodice Because most ball gown bodices were pointed, this reminds of the fashion plates where a pointed belt was worn during the evening.

evening dress, first quarter 20th century (clearly 1910s or 20s). made in part from an Indian sari of blue and gold; blue satin slip; skirt of dress and underarm panels of gold lace.

Evening dress, first quarter century (clearly or Made in part from an Indian sari of blue and gold; skirt of dress and underarm panels of gold lace; MFA Boston (back view)

January Jones in an Elegant Bright Versace Yellow Evening Dress at the 2014 ACADEMY AWARD® w. Strapless Neckline, Peplum Waist, & Black Geometrical Details. #fashion #dress <3

January Jones in an Elegant Bright Versace Yellow Evening Dress at the 2014 ACADEMY AWARD® w.

Callot Soeurs Orientalist Evening Gown, 1910-1914, Augusta Auctions, November 11, 2015 NYC

Evening dress, sea foam silk charmeuse kimono top with Chinese style embroidery & pink satin inset bands, long narrow skirt with attached silk, Callot Soeurs Paris,

1857-8 Back of bodice worn during Orsini's attack (Chateau de Compiegne)

Evening bodice worn by Empress Eugénie during an assassination attempt (the Orsini affair), January 1858

original 1861 evening dress bertha of tulle and flowers.  Note the differences in how the use of the types of net and faux flowers can make it look like it is the real deal or a using the wrong net and flowers, a masquerade costume that screams mainstream.

original 1861 evening dress bertha of tulle and flowers. Note the differences in how the use of the types of net and faux flowers can make it look like it is the real deal or a using the wrong net and flowers, a masquerade costume that screams mainstream.

tabodesign:  This evening dress perfectly exemplifies the bell-shape of the mid 19th century. So beautiful!

Crinoline Evening Dress, ca. Evening dresses during the Crinoline period typically had much lower necklines and shorter sleeves than dresses worn in the day. Skirts were very voluminous. The fringe on the sleeves of this gown was very popular at the time

Lanvin - early 1920s

Jeanne Lanvin S/S 1923 'Roseraie' dress. Image 1 of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 1964 b)

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