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Mid-to-Late Victorian Frederick Worth Gowns

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Four drop-dead gorgeous ensembles by world-renowned designer, Frederick Worth. These costumes are owned by the Museum of the City of New York. Breathtaking! From left to right: Ballgown, circa 1865, of nougat satin trimmed with tulle, swansdown, crystal beads and glass pearls; visiting Costume, circa 1880, of brown and lavender striped satin trimmed with silk […] Read more…

Romantic Era Silk Ballgown

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This is a heavenly silk ballgown with its original reticule purse, circa 1830. “Silk satin, cotton net, embroidered cotton ribbon, cloth flowers, muslin lining. Owned by Harriet Van Schoonhoven-Roy. The Van-Schoonhoven family came to America in 1695 and settled in Waterford, New York. The details and construction of the sleeves of this evening dress are […] Read more…

1838 Afternoon Dress

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Another beauty from Karen Augusta’s shop, this 1838 afternoon dress is made of green-gold figured silk with a linen bodice lining. It fastens with brass hooks and eyes. “This unaltered dress shows the transition between the styles of the 1830s and the later 1840s. The bodice has not yet acquired the pointed front as is […] Read more…

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