Here is a scrumptious early 1820s ballgown (when all the puffs and furbelows really came into style with a bang!). Look at all the detailing on this gown and imagine the work! The slashed sleeves are simply a feast for the eyes, and the cording on the bodice just amazes me with its perfect stitchery. This is another gown you can see in Jane Ashelford’s book, The Art of Dress. For even more fun, check out this blog, which details how one gal reproduced this gown down to the last detail!

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