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.
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.
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
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)