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Evening dress, 1855-1860, British, silk and linen. From the shoulder to hem 136.5 cm. Lovely and elegant mantle-style bodice with sculpting and trim repeated on the flounces. Excellent Victorian example of the pure, sweet, princess look. From the Leeds Museums and Galleries Collections.

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Paul Poiret mantle, 1913. 'Based on a deconstructed kimono, it is composed of two rectangles folded on the shoulders and joined on one side with a stylised bow. It illustrates how Poiret was able to combine with rare harmony the bold colours of Fauvism, the vision of Cubism and the exoticism of Eastern garments.' PAUL POIRET

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Yeah.. this is pretty hot. I wonder if I could ever find a faux fur substitute (or if it would be possible to paint/dye/etc a faux fur...?)

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V: Emile Pingat, Silk voided velvet, white artic fox and silk chenille fringe, lined with machine-quilted satin, 1885

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The Virginia Mantle. Peterson's Magazine, January 1861. | In the Swan's Shadow