1861 black French velvet gown
Fashions of the 1860s include square paisley shawls folded on the diagonal and full skirts held out by crinolines. Auguste Toulmouche’s Reluctant Bride of 1866 wears white satin, and her friend tries on her bridal wreath of orange blossoms.
Alfred Émile Léopold Stevens (1823- 1906) Belgian painter.
Princess Elizaveta Alexandrovna Tchernicheva
Alexis Joseph Perignon, 1853
The vibrancy of the blue is delightful.
Medium: Pink silk taffeta
This dress is an excellent example of the antebellum silhouette, which was tightly corseted and featured a full, sweeping skirt, here comprised of tiers of fringe-trimmed taffeta, an effect mirrored on the bodice and belled sleeves. But the flamboyant, saccharine pink color of the dress is most certainly its focal point. **The striking result is almost aggressively feminine** and is sure to have attracted attention. Pictured here with the day bodice, the ensemble also includes a separate, less conservative bodice for evening wear. This popular custom allowed the wearer to economize her wardrobe while conforming to the standard conventions of dress.
The Kyoto Costume Institute