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Two-piece walking dress, ca. 1893-95, navy blue wool, with 3/4" tucks spaced an inch apart across entire bodice and skirt. Jet beads placed an inch apart on edge of tuck fold. Short bolero-style piece over bodice. High collar, leg o' mutton sleeves trimmed with 1"-long fringe. Cuff and lower portion of bodice of black silk faille. Gored skirt flared in back, pleats at waist. Goldstein Museum, Univ. of Minnesota

Two-piece walking dress, ca. navy blue wool, with tucks spaced an inch apart across entire bodice and skirt.

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~ black silk velvet with cut-out decorations in Liberty style, garnished with chenille drawstring on the triangular neckline ~ Italian manufacture (Naples or Palermo) ~ Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti.

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Special Garb: Couture - Purple velvet dress in two parts (bodice and skirt), by Atelier Worth, Paris, circa at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. Via Europeana Fashion.

Evening dress, Mme. Hayward, London, ca. 1909-10. Silk, metal, cotton. This skirt is part of a dress that is included in Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen's dresses and their construction ca. 1860-1940." She describes it as "an evening dress in black silk net covered with tiny 1/8" silver sequins over an ivory satin underskirt." Museum of London

Hayward, London, ca. "an evening dress in black silk net covered with tiny silver sequins over an ivory satin underskirt." Museum of London

Vestido de noche, ca. 1910-1912. Debutante del vestido con el tren corto. Así femenino!

Evening gown, ca. Debutante's dress with short train. White net studded with glass beads over grayish pink silk crepe chiffon over pale yellowish pink silk taffeta. Made by Helen Gjertsen, Dayton's (department store) dressmaker.

1914 Evening dress, France: pink silk/net with sequins and trimmed with clusters of glass beads (a later addition). Via Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Style/dress 1914 Evening dress, France: pink silk/net with sequins and trimmed with clusters of glass beads (a later addition). Via Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

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Circa 1900 Tea Gown: White cotton lawn with high neck of Valenciennes lace and bands in pattern of loops and bows. Another band of polychrome embroidered roses at lower bodice, sleeves, and skirt, which also have scalloped inserts of tucked pink cotton be

The Mystery of the Gray Striped Dresses: at top, a dress owned by Rosamund (Mrs. Edward) Hussey of Kent, England, maker unknown. Next to it is a painting by the American society portraitist JJ Shannon of Mrs. Hussey wearing the dress, shortly after her marriage in 1900. Below that, a photo of the painting being made! (Courtesy UK National Trust.) Bottom, two similar dresses by Jeanne Paquin. Left, 1912 (owned by the Met) and right, 1910 (sold by Auctions Eve). Both silk.

at top, a dress owned by Rosamund (Mrs. Edward) Hussey of Kent, Left, 1912 (owned by the Met) and right, 1910 (sold by Auctions Eve).

Jeanne Paquin

Jeanne Paquin

ephemeral-elegance:  Wing Sleeved Wool Coat with Fur Trim, ca. 1910-20via Whitaker Auctions

FAKE fur is BETTER. Whitaker Auctions calls this a "wizard coat" because it has "exaggerated wizard sleeves." Wool, with those sleeves appliquéd in darker brown with black silk tassels, fur collar and cuff, contrasting faux button trim and satin lining.

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr). CLICK THROUGH FOR LARGER IMAGES.

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October Black-and-white photo "Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October

Pink flannel walking suit, ca. late 1890s. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo

Pink flannel walking suit, ca. late Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo Love the Frogs on this costume!

ephemeral-elegance:  Wool Appliqued Velvet Afternoon Dress, ca. 1902 via Augusta Auctions

VELVET & WOOL AFTERNOON GOWN, c. taupe moire silk faille & velvet w/ faun wool flannel appliques in stylized folige motifs, bolero style bodice, high neck "under bodice" of cream silk panne, ribbon embroidered & lace trimmed lapels

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