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Fashion plate, 1796 Italy (?)
Walking dress, 1810 France, Costume Parisien
Catalogue page, ca 1915-16
Fashion plate, date missing (late 1790’s?) France, source missing

Fashion plate, date missing (late 1790’s?) France, source missing

Court dress, 1809 France, Costume Parisien
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Court dress, 1809 France, Costume Parisien

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Court dress, ca 1848 Italy (Naples), Museo del Tessuto

Court dress, ca 1848 Italy (Naples), Museo del Tessuto

what a galore of precious dresses!!! <3<3<3 leecadens

So happy you like them! <3

americanduchess:

YUM.  I’ve always loved “coffee and cream” things … cars, shoes, gowns, horses…
fripperiesandfobs:

Afternoon dress ca. 1880
From The Museum at FIT

americanduchess:

YUM.  I’ve always loved “coffee and cream” things … cars, shoes, gowns, horses…

fripperiesandfobs:

Afternoon dress ca. 1880

From The Museum at FIT

On wearing crinolines

This is meant to be in response to the crinoline question.

I wear crinolines for re-enactments made of modern materials, mainly a stiff netting. Its much cheaper than building a cage or hoop series and generally looks the same for my purposes when arranged properly. There is an inner slip which protects my legs from the scratchy netting, then yards and yards of netting which kind of look like a bunch of long tutus put together with a slip over it. The outer slip is essential to containment of the netting. The downside is I generally have to fluff a lot throughout the day.  Also, my dress can sweep a room of everything not nailed down, including chairs and sometimes small tables!

On a tmi note, bathroom breaks usually involve a quick check of the room to make sure nothing breakable is within skirt-damage range.  The easiest way is to have an assistant loosen my corset, step out of everything below the waist and then back in with an assistant after I’m done.  

Sitting down has to be the most hilarious bit. Most of my sitting is done perched on the edge of things, which is tiring to a maximum.  I have knocked over many a chair attempting to sit, usually someone has to hold the chair in place, even big arm chairs. If I do decide to rest and sit back in a chair I risk my crinoline flying up to looks like my legs are sticking out from a cloud-like thing, my skirt riding up, and there are the times that I resemble nothing but a head on a crinoline.

So I am not sure if that is quite what was asked for, but it is certainly my experience of wearing them!

(Submitted by karmamuse)

Evening dress, 1918-19, Abiti Antichi

Evening dress, 1918-19, Abiti Antichi

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