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Day dress, silk, 1868, the Musées départementaux de la Haute-Saône via Wikimedia, M0354_1951-4-227_2

Day dress, silk, 1868, the Musées départementaux de la Haute-Saône via Wikimedia, M0354_1951-4-227_2

Wedding dress, English, ca. 1869-70. Two pieces. Blue silk grosgrain with white lace trimming around edge of bodice and cuffs.

Wedding dress, English, ca. 1869-70. Two pieces. Blue silk grosgrain with white lace trimming around edge of bodice and cuffs.

Tailor made suit of 1895.    There are similarities in the period 1885 with 1985 when women also showed their strength in the corporate workplace with Power Dressing through more masculine tailored, shoulder padded clothes. A similar broad shoulder trend occurred in the Utility Clothing era of the 1940s when women did work usually thought of as men's work.

Tailor made suit of 1895. There are similarities in the period 1885 with 1985 when women also showed their strength in the corporate workplace with Power Dressing through more masculine tailored, shoulder padded clothes. A similar broad shoulder trend occurred in the Utility Clothing era of the 1940s when women did work usually thought of as men's work.

This 1830s day dress is made of challis printed with a realistic design of wild strawberries, bamboo, pinks and anemones. Technical improvements to the printing process and advances in dye chemistry meant that floral prints could be mass-produced at low prices, and the repeal of excise duty on printed textiles in 1831 helped to reduce costs.

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This 1830s day dress is made of challis printed with a realistic design of wild strawberries, bamboo, pinks and anemones. Technical improvements to the printing process and advances in dye chemistry meant that floral prints could be mass-produced at low prices, and the repeal of excise duty on printed textiles in 1831 helped to reduce costs.

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Mens' daywear in the Regency era: jacket, waistcoat, buff breeches and high top boots

Mens' daywear in the Regency era: jacket, waistcoat, buff breeches and high top boots

Tea gown Liberty & Co. (British, founded London, 1875) Date: ca. 1885 Culture: British Medium: silk

Tea gown Liberty & Co. (British, founded London, 1875) Date: ca. 1885 Culture: British Medium: silk

Jane Eyre costumes | October 29, 2011 3168 × 4752 in Jane Eyre Costumes Exhibition

Jane Eyre costumes | October 29, 2011 3168 × 4752 in Jane Eyre Costumes Exhibition

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