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Fashion 18th Century ball gown dress ensemble costume circa from 1752-1775. Made from very fine silk, lace and trim with embroidered small flower floral pattern in off white woven into the pale blue background.

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Dress, flounce and ruche detail of 1760s made gown of very fine silk (lustring). The small flower pattern in off-white woven into the pale blue background suggests a date of around 1755 for the fabric, though the gown was made possibly a decade later. Museum of London

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The eighteenth century monied male was often a peacock, eager to display his taste and wealth, and fond of lavishly decorated or patterned fabrics, and bright striking colours. The usual outfit remained the three piece suit of coat, waistcoat and breeches until 1800, when trousers began to replace breeches. Fashionable suits were usually plain woollen facecloth for practical urban or rural wear; woven silks for more formal evening occasions; and highly trimmed and embroidered silk satins and…

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Pair of shoes

Pair of women's shoes, Britain, 1720-30, silk brocade and leather, silk ribbon.

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Camisole, end of the 18th century. Blue changeable silk taffeta, brocaded. Musée Galliera's coll. © : K. Maucotel / Paris-Musées.

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Detail sleeve, robe à la francaise, England (Spitalfield's), 1760s, remodeled 1780s. Ivory ground silk taffeta woven with a narrow self weave stripe, with gently curving flower and leaf meanders in puce, shaded tangerine flowerheads, red berries and sage green foliage, alternating with small sprays of flowers in deep rose pink and ivory. Trimmed with same tufted silks and corded wire loops.

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Isabella MacTavish’s Wedding Dress c1785. Fraser clan tartan. Inverness Museum. The cloth itself is probably considerably older than the dress, and possibly dates to 1740 - 1760. Women -- Clothing & dress -- 1700-1799 -- Scotland. 18th century Scottish costume. Worn continuously by the women of the family for wedding until 2007

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Before the Automobile: 18th century clothing

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18th Century Gentlemans Frock Coat, wool, CT9001, long silk waistcoat available separately. Brass effect floral button used with this coat.

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