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Wedding dress ca. 1885. Satin and lace. Rear hemline trimmed with knots. Drouot Auctions via PB Fashion. Click through for bigger image.

Rear hemline trimmed with knots. Drouot Auctions via PB Fashion. Click through for bigger image.

Evening dress, Worth, ca. 1880-85. Pale blue & figured (narrow vertical stripes of coral-like motifs in darker blue) satin; bodice ending in tabs at front lower edge, pleated peplum in back, short full sleeves of figured satin, wired rolled collar of black velvet. Skirt has draped front panel ending in tabs with swags of grayish white silk & clear glass bead fringe. Draped apron front, sides, & back of figured satin, most of fullness of skirt in back. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Evening dress, Worth, ca. 1880-85. Pale blue & figured (narrow vertical stripes of coral-like motifs in darker blue) satin; bodice ending in tabs at front lower edge, pleated peplum in back, short full sleeves of figured satin, wired rolled collar of black velvet. Skirt has draped front panel ending in tabs with swags of grayish white silk & clear glass bead fringe. Draped apron front, sides, & back of figured satin, most of fullness of skirt in back. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Maison Worth must really have liked this fabric--an olive green velvet floral on pale blue-green satin--or else they bought too much! The dress on the left, from 1881, was sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions; the one on the right, ca. 1883-88, lives in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Maison Worth must really have liked this fabric--an olive green velvet floral on pale blue-green satin--or else they bought too much! The dress on the left, from 1881, was sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions; the one on the right, ca. 1883-88, lives in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Regal 1880s Champagne Satin Bustle Wedding Dress w/Pearl Trim | eBay

Regal 1880's Champagne Satin Bustle Wedding Dress w/Pearl Trim

Silk bustle dress, 1880s. One piece. Small floral brocade print in cream, pink, and gold, with gold satin and colorful brocade ribbon trim. Carved, gilt mother of pearl buttons in stylized horseshoe design. Augusta Auctions

Silk bustle dress, 1880s. One piece. Small floral brocade print in cream, pink, and gold, with gold satin and colorful brocade ribbon trim. Carved, gilt mother of pearl buttons in stylized horseshoe design. Augusta Auctions

Dinner or evening gown, Mme Marie Schmidt, New York, ca. 1884–85. Burgundy silk faille and gold silk satin with gold lace and garnets. Kent State Univ. Museum

Dinner or evening gown, Mme Marie Schmidt, New York, ca. Burgundy silk faille and gold silk satin with gold lace and garnets.

Dress: 1876-1878, checkered silk, bodice lined in cotton, satin cuffs with scalloped edges, trimmed with piping and lace frill at wrist and neck, banded draped satin.

Dress: checkered silk, bodice lined in cotton, satin cuffs with scalloped edges, trimmed with piping and lace frill at wrist and neck, banded draped satin.

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