Dress 1890 s

The classic Gibson girl. Is it any wonder that this look has lasted for hundreds of years as an ideal of feminine beauty?

The classic Gibson girl. Is it any wonder that this look has lasted for hundreds of years as an ideal of feminine beauty?

CUT VELVET EVENING GOWN, 1930s Cranberry leaves cut to chiffon, bias cut w/ matching silk slip More

CUT VELVET EVENING GOWN, 1930s Cranberry leaves cut to chiffon, bias cut w/ matching silk slip More

"The Blue Dress," 1890s, worn by Empress Elisabeth. The empress wore the dress at her summer home on the Greek island of Corfu; the dating indicates that it was worn after the death of Crown Prince Rudolf, proving that, contrary to popular belief, her wardrobe did not just consist of black items after her son's suicide.

"The Blue Dress," 1890s, worn by Empress Elisabeth. The empress wore the dress at her summer home on the Greek island of Corfu; the dating indicates that it was worn after the death of Crown Prince Rudolf, proving that, contrary to popular belief, her wardrobe did not just consist of black items after her son's suicide.

Embroidered corded silk wedding dress made after a Paquin, Lalanne et Cie Paris model by Stern Brothers, New York, 1890. Worn by Cara Leland...

Embroidered corded silk wedding dress made after a Paquin, Lalanne et Cie Paris model by Stern Brothers, New York, 1890. Worn by Cara Leland...

"1878 - 1890 Victorian."  This looks like a modern-day movie costume (for Anna Karenina maybe? Oogh, that train), and I think the date may be off, because the bustle looks like the earlier style. Again, not mourning, but close.

"1878 - 1890 Victorian." This looks like a modern-day movie costume (for Anna Karenina maybe? Oogh, that train), and I think the date may be off, because the bustle looks like the earlier style. Again, not mourning, but close.

Purple velvet coat, 1895-1900. Medieval-style collar. Entirely covered with dramatic sprays of an English wildflower called Sweet Cicely that are hand-embroidered in yellow and green silk, with petals of white felt.

Purple velvet coat, 1895-1900. Medieval-style collar. Entirely covered with dramatic sprays of an English wildflower called Sweet Cicely that are hand-embroidered in yellow and green silk, with petals of white felt.

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