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This 1840s dress and matching pelerine is an example of a very creative way to fake purple for a dress. The fabric used for this dress is a red/blue changeable silk, that is red threads on the warp and blue on the weft, or visa versa. The resulting fabric looks red from some angles, blue from others, but is generally perceived as purple.

This dress and matching pelerine is an example of a very creative way to fake purple for a dress. The fabric used for this dress is a red/blue changeable silk, that is red threads on the warp.

Day dress ca. 1840

1840 From Tirelli Costumi

The changeable silk is a purple blue color, and although it seems strange contrasted with copper, blue, and white brocade it comes together as a whole very well. The bodice has the common 1850s waist which is dropped much lower than previous styles and decades.

theclothingproject: “ Collection’s Highlight: Changeable-Silk Dress This piece is in exquisite condition, and quite breathtaking in person. The changeable silk is a purple blue color, and although it.

Worn by Laura Phillips in Chapel Hill, 1847.  Collections of the NC Museum of History, Accession number 1923.5.5

Fringe Friday! 1847 plaid taffeta dress with fringe and tassels! #cw150 #costume

Worn by Laura Phillips in Chapel Hill, Collections of the NC Museum of History, Accession number

1850 culture- British -The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress Date: ca. 1850 Culture: British Medium: silk, flax Dimensions: Length at CB: 54 in. cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn and Alice L. Crowley Bequests, 1983 Accession Number: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Warp Printed Silk satin Gown, Late 1840s.

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Silk dress c.1845. Dress of silk taffeta with woven stripes. The fischu collar is blonde (silk) lace.

Silk dress Dress of silk taffeta with woven stripes. The fischu collar is blonde (silk) lace.

1844-48 Dress

Dress, materials not listed (appears to be silk), probably American. Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no.

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