Dress | c. 1870-73  This dress was made of a silk dyed purple with aniline dye. The technology of dyeing fabrics was transformed in the mid-1850s when the British chemist William Perkin (1838-1907) discovered that dyes could be extracted from coal tar. These new aniline dyes became very fashionable. The first was ‘Perkin’s mauve’, followed by a variety of shades of purples and magentas, yellows, blues and pinks. These colours were much more intense than any available from the traditional…

Dress | c. 1870-73 This dress was made of a silk dyed purple with aniline dye. The technology of dyeing fabrics was transformed in the mid-1850s when the British chemist William Perkin (1838-1907) discovered that dyes could be extracted from coal tar. These new aniline dyes became very fashionable. The first was ‘Perkin’s mauve’, followed by a variety of shades of purples and magentas, yellows, blues and pinks. These colours were much more intense than any available from the traditional…

c.1869 - one of the most OCD Victorian dresses I have ever seen (and that's saying a lot); by Vignon.

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c.1869 - one of the most OCD Victorian dresses I have ever seen (and that's saying a lot); by Vignon.

Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt with daytime bodice is believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in 1861–62. Both pieces are piped with white satin, and the bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. An evening bodice was included with the ensemble. The lace collar is of the period, but not original to the dress.

Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt with daytime bodice is believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in 1861–62. Both pieces are piped with white satin, and the bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. An evening bodice was included with the ensemble. The lace collar is of the period, but not original to the dress.

This is a wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero. The back fullness of this dress is very similar to the bustle period. It was clearly inspired by the wedding and formal dresses of that time, but made white and give a strapless beaded bodice to give it a modern twist. The gathering at the back and the long train are very bustle period elements.

This is a wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero. The back fullness of this dress is very similar to the bustle period. It was clearly inspired by the wedding and formal dresses of that time, but made white and give a strapless beaded bodice to give it a modern twist. The gathering at the back and the long train are very bustle period elements.

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