1890s evening

Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, c. 1885, Vintage Textile. Silk brocade, silk satin, cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress." See VintageTextile.com on Facebook.

Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, c. 1885, Vintage Textile. Silk brocade, silk satin, cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress." See VintageTextile.com on Facebook.

1890s evening ensemble -Artistic dress was donned by women with the courage to forgo conventional fashion. Seasonal trends, mass production, and corporeal contortions were or no interest to the artistically inclined. Instead, they preferred the ease of movement offered by flowing, hand-crafted garments reminiscent of antiquity.

1890s evening ensemble (FIDM Museum Blog)

1890s evening ensemble -Artistic dress was donned by women with the courage to forgo conventional fashion. Seasonal trends, mass production, and corporeal contortions were or no interest to the artistically inclined. Instead, they preferred the ease of movement offered by flowing, hand-crafted garments reminiscent of antiquity.

The FIDM Museum blog is dedicated to interpreting objects from our museum collection, which is composed of nearly dress, accessory and textile objects.

Portrait of Edith Kingdon Gould, by Chartran, 1898 (above), showing the sitter wearing a red velvet evening gown, by Worth, also made in 1898 (below). Photos via the Irenebrination blog.

Portrait of Edith Kingdon Gould, by Chartran, 1898 (above), showing the sitter wearing a red velvet evening gown, by Worth, also made in 1898 (below). Photos via the Irenebrination blog.

I'm digging Penny Dreadful, my new binge watching obsession.  the show takes place in the 1890s, and Eva Green's Vanessa Ives has some fantastic costumes in dark, rich colors and fabrics, with subtle changes between day and evening shades.

I'm digging Penny Dreadful, my new binge watching obsession. the show takes place in the 1890s, and Eva Green's Vanessa Ives has some fantastic costumes in dark, rich colors and fabrics, with subtle changes between day and evening shades.

Three-piece dress (two bodices & skirt), probably Swedish-made from French velvet. Hallwylska Museet via emuseumplus

Three-piece dress (two bodices & skirt), probably Swedish-made from French velvet. Hallwylska Museet via emuseumplus

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