#dress

I’ve always wondered about the purple silk gown from 1861, above, which is in the collection of the Costume Institute. It is affectionately known as the ‘hashtag’ dress by Civil War enthusiasts on Pinterest.

The dress looks odd to us today, with its hashtag symbols placed directly over the breasts. However closer inspection reveals a well made, costly gown. Silk was a luxurious option for day, and the purple color was the height of fashion. The ‘hashtags’ are made of velvet fabric, carefully interlaced and appliqued on top of the dress fabric.  The huge skirts of this time were notoriously difficult to decorate well [numerous examples exist in museum collections of ill-conceived skirt trimmings); in this example, the hashtag trims gracefully undulate in front. The skirt probably looked elegant when worn. The ensemble would have been completed with white undersleeves, and a white collar.

Today while poking around the LOC photographs site I found the portrait above, titled “City Point, Virginia. Rufus Ingalls and group,” from 1865. Take a look at the girl in the lower left corner. She is wearing a day dress decorated with the same enigmatic ‘hashtags’ over the breasts!

I wonder if this design was featured in a ladies’ magazine of the era….

looks like a Worth et Bobergh.

omgthatdress:

Robe à Transformation

1868

Kerry Taylor Auctions


Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes (ca.1512-14) - Conrat Meit.

Judith mit dem Haupt des Holofernes (ca.1512-14) - Conrat Meit.

(Source: cerasiferae, via theholygirl)

My dream: lacemaking and butchering in the same room.

My dream: lacemaking and butchering in the same room.

Seeing mis-dated items like this frustrates me to no end! The skirt is far too full and far to short to be from 1912. More likely this beautiful ensemble dates to 1916-1917. Note that the jacket is constructed of late 17th c. or early 18th c. Italian needle lace.

Seeing mis-dated items like this frustrates me to no end! The skirt is far too full and far to short to be from 1912. More likely this beautiful ensemble dates to 1916-1917. Note that the jacket is constructed of late 17th c. or early 18th c. Italian needle lace.

So ethereal. Looks like Honiton lace.
omgthatdress:

Accessory Set
1850s
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

So ethereal. Looks like Honiton lace.

omgthatdress:

Accessory Set

1850s

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

An example of a correctly mounted neckline on a late 1850s gown—note it is barely off the shoulder.

omgthatdress:

Ball Gown
1858
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

An example of a correctly mounted neckline on a late 1850s gown—note it is barely off the shoulder.

omgthatdress:

Ball Gown

1858

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This poor girl needs a bit of help— only Scarlett O’Hara and floozies wore evening gowns that far off the shoulder in 1855! The bodice needs a bit more padding around the bustline to lift it up, the shoulder seams should be resting on the outer edge of the shoulder-line, not the upper arm.
I do love the mannequin styling, and the skirt shape is perfect!


omgthatdress:

Evening Dress
1855
The FIDM Museum

This poor girl needs a bit of help— only Scarlett O’Hara and floozies wore evening gowns that far off the shoulder in 1855! The bodice needs a bit more padding around the bustline to lift it up, the shoulder seams should be resting on the outer edge of the shoulder-line, not the upper arm.

I do love the mannequin styling, and the skirt shape is perfect!

omgthatdress:

Evening Dress

1855

The FIDM Museum

omgthatdress:

Evening Headdress
1850s
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

YES

omgthatdress:

Evening Headdress

1850s

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

YES

theniftyfifties:

Marilyn Monroe on the phone.

Looks like the same pink silk ensemble worn in “Some Like it Hot”

theniftyfifties:

Marilyn Monroe on the phone.

Looks like the same pink silk ensemble worn in “Some Like it Hot”

(Source: latinamericana)