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.

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Tailored walking suit ca. late 1890s. Front wild mussel shell button, velvet facing on collar, puffy sleeves at shoulders, slight padding at chest, shaped and fitted through bodice. Pink silk satin lining. Skirt with hook & eye closure, with gores & narrow waistband. Carolyn Forbes Textiles/ebay

Tailored walking suit ca. late 1890s. Front wild mussel shell button, velvet facing on collar, puffy sleeves at shoulders, slight padding at chest, shaped and fitted through bodice. Pink silk satin lining. Skirt with hook & eye closure, with gores & narrow waistband. Carolyn Forbes Textiles/ebay

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Dress, 1890s. Two-piece gray silk faille. Boned bodice covered in pleated black chiffon with sequins and crystal beads. Back chiffon insert with cream tape lace. Sleeves puffed front and back, ruffled collar with back bow, ruffled cuff. Skirt lined in polished cotton with velvet hem band. Whitaker Auctions.

Dress, 1890s. Two-piece gray silk faille. Boned bodice covered in pleated black chiffon with sequins and crystal beads. Back chiffon insert with cream tape lace. Sleeves puffed front and back, ruffled collar with back bow, ruffled cuff. Skirt lined in polished cotton with velvet hem band. Whitaker Auctions.

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Woman's blouse      English, 1890s--look at all that smocking! Holy cow gorgeous...

Woman's blouse English, 1890s--look at all that smocking! Holy cow gorgeous...

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Two-piece walking dress in wine-colored faille, Italian manufacture, c. 1900, at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. Via Europeana Fashion.

Two-piece walking dress in wine-colored faille, Italian manufacture, c. 1900, at the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. Via Europeana Fashion.

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Dress Date: 1891–92 Culture: American Medium: cotton, silk Accession Number: C.I.62.36.3a, b

Dress Date: 1891–92 Culture: American Medium: cotton, silk Accession Number: C.I.62.36.3a, b

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Lace-up boots, 1890 Karen Sickler and I saw a pair of these in the window of Popular Dry Goods on the way to lunch!! We Liked them!!

Lace-up boots, 1890 Karen Sickler and I saw a pair of these in the window of Popular Dry Goods on the way to lunch!! We Liked them!!

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Two-piece walking dress ca. 1892–94. Tobacco-colored taffeta trimmed with black taffeta mechanical lace. Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace via Europeana Fashion

Two-piece walking dress ca. 1892–94. Tobacco-colored taffeta trimmed with black taffeta mechanical lace. Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace via Europeana Fashion

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