“ This 1989 exhibition of the Brooklyn Museum was called The Opulent Era: Fashions of Worth, Doucet and Pingat, and featured many exquisite works from the greatest couture houses of la belle époque. ”
Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Dress ca. 1876, possibly modified in early 1880s. Silk taffeta in cinnamon brocade figured with ivory floral sprays. Bodice has low curved basque in front and broad pleats in back, is edged in ruffled pleats & lined in ivory satin. Borders trimmed with velvet ribbon. Separate skirt has ruched & pleated conical pocket in front lined in ivory. Kerry Taylor Auctions
Afternoon dress ca. 1874, in black & cream organza. Boat neckline, ruffled skirt with short train, apron draped with beautiful transparency effects and overlay printed decoration, weights to retain dress’s shape. Drouot Auctions
Dress | American | The Met
It gradually became more acceptable for women to participate in sporting activities throughout the second half of the 19th century. Clothing requirements for most sporting remained strict towards retaining foundation garments such as corsets and bustle, which were thought to stabilize women's frail and weak forms
1744 Catherine the Great's wedding dress (State Armory - Moskva Russia) | Grand Ladies
White became a standard for wedding dresses when Victoria married in 1840, but the color of this dress is startling. However, it should be borne in mind that age changes colors. The panniers make impressions in the dress. The dress may have had a lace bertha, engageantes, and possibly other lace trim, since removed.