Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Ball Gown from the 1860s

This is one of my all-time favorite ball gowns. The fabric is very special, so there is no need for fancy decoration. You can see the features that are absolutely necessary in a ball gown of this era: the close fitting bodice, low neckline, short sleeves, and full skirt. It even has the lace bertha along the neck edge. This is not always seen in extant ball gowns because the lace could be un-stitched and used on a different garment. If you want to take a closer look, go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art here.

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