1866 black silk faille two-piece dress. Though it appears extremely formal and elegant to our contemporary eyes, it would have been worn to a dinner or reception, rather than the most formal of evening balls. The black ground creates a luxurious contrast to the multicolored floral sprays, which feature poppies, roses, and bleeding hearts among other flowers.
Sold Price: A printed cotton day dress, circa 1850, with small - October 2, 0112 10:30 AM BST
A printed cotton day dress, circa 1850, with small red paisley motif repeats, fan-pleating from waist to shoulders, bust approx 86cm, 34in; together with a paisley-print deshabille c.1855, the wine coloured ground with white paisley borders; together with a grey satin spencer c.1820 and a green satin bodice c.1800 (4)
Dinner dress | British | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dinner dress (image 2) | British | 1855-59 | silk, cotton | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: C.I.69.14.9a, b