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Afternoon dress and matching stole ca. 1860. Glossy brown silk faille with silk satin  pleats and fringe. Short bodice, boned and buttoned; pagoda sleeves, buckram lining. Pleated skirt. Thierry de Maigret

Afternoon dress and matching stole ca. Glossy brown silk faille with silk satin pleats and fringe. Short bodice, boned and buttoned; pagoda sleeves, buckram lining.

ANTIQUE DRESS 1860 LADIES DRESSING GOWN WITH TRAIN.  Recently de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Antique dress 1860 ladies dressing gown with train museum de-accessioned

ANTIQUE DRESS 1860 LADIES DRESSING GOWN WITH TRAIN. Recently de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Zouave dress ca. early 1860s. Three pieces (bodice, skirt, bolero jacket). Jacket and skirt of light caramel brown silk faille with shirred white tulle trim on sleeves and velvet ribbon and lace motifs. Bodice of white canvas covered in front with brown taffeta; closes front with 11 buttons. Danish National Museum by LiesbethLap

Zouave jacket ca. early The short, fitted jacket was usually trimmed with a braiding and collarless. It was inspired by Algerian uniforms that were worn as they fought against the French.

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This might be an example of an "arsenic dress"; the bright green dye contained substantial amounts of arsenic; even knowing this, people still chose to wear the colour.

back: 1860s Brown Plaid Silk Dress Partial 2nd Bodice Pelerine or Fichu Pagoda Sleeves | eBay seller mrandmrsciv; fichu trim of 3.25" ribbons; front hook & eye closure; boned in two darts on either side, brown cotton lining, sleeves lined w/ white cotton, faced w/ pale pink silk; evening bodice - back hook & eye closure

back: Brown Plaid Silk Dress Partial Bodice Pelerine or Fichu Pagoda Sleeves

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