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Boy’s Dress, 1855-1970, wool, L: 17in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Margaret J. Salton, N0198.1947.

Boy’s Dress, 1855-1970, wool, L: 17in. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Margaret J. Salton, N0198.1947.

Tea Gown Liberty & Co., 1885. The Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical.

Circa 1885 silk Tea gown, by Liberty of London. Tea gown, 1886 -- [the Victorian woman's idea of designer sweats].

Wedding Dress c.1877 Metropolitan Museum Of Art

While white is now de rigueur for bridal attire, the fashion for white wedding gowns originated only in the late century. This dress is a good example of the more practical century practice of brides wearing colored gowns for weddings.

Dinner dress, Alice M. Dunstan, New York, ca. 1895. Silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gorgeous fabric. Wish we could see the front.

Circa 1895 silk dinner dress by Alice M. Dunstan, New York. Via Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love flowers and stripes!

Stockings (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) late 18th century, American or European Medium: cotton Gift of Miss Eleanor Boccard, 1942 Accession Number: C.I.42.90.2a, b

Stockings (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) late 18th century, American or European Medium: cotton Gift of Miss Eleanor Boccard, 1942 Accession Number: C.I.42.90.2a, b

Red velvet mantle, ca. 1885. Dolmans were cut to lay over the back of the skirt to show off the new bustle fashion of the mid 1880s. This garment was worn by Minnie Fisher (1870-1963), the grandmother of the donor, who was born at the Old Rectory, Bathhampton, Bath. Minnie studied at Gloucester School of Art where she won a “South Kensington prize” for still-life painting.

Mantle

Mantle Made Of Velvet, Ribbon And Silk Cord And Lined With Satin - England, Great Britain - The Victoria Albert Museum

Czech Dress4

Czech Dress4

Day Dress dated 1867-1871. Designed by Depret (French). Finely crafted of pumpkin orange silk. / From #Victorian Fashion through the Seasons-Autumn on AuthorAngelaBell.com

Day Dress dated 1867-1871. Designed by Depret (French). Finely crafted of pumpkin orange silk. / From #Victorian Fashion through the Seasons-Autumn on AuthorAngelaBell.com

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