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Robe a la tranformation, ca 1870
Day dress worn by 14 year old Nellie Grant (daughter of US President Ulysses S Grant), ca 1869

Day dress worn by 14 year old Nellie Grant (daughter of US President Ulysses S Grant), ca 1869

Day dress, early 1870’s
Day dress, ca 1871
I’m guessing the original owner liked plaid.

Day dress, ca 1871

I’m guessing the original owner liked plaid.

Day dress, ca 1870
Day dress, ca 1870
Dress by Mon Vignon, ca 1869-70 France
Many of you have probably seen this dress but I wanted to add an interesting little fact about it that you may not know.
What color would you say the fabric is?  Purple?  Actually, it’s mauve as it was meant to look.  The first synthetic dye, mauveine, was discovered by accident in 1856 when an 18-year-old student was trying to find a cure for malaria.  Being the first of its kind, there were problems with the dye that caused the color to fade relatively quickly.  This is why our modern idea of the color mauve is sort of a faded grayish-purple.  Examples that have faded little do exist, though, as seen here.

Dress by Mon Vignon, ca 1869-70 France

Many of you have probably seen this dress but I wanted to add an interesting little fact about it that you may not know.

What color would you say the fabric is?  Purple?  Actually, it’s mauve as it was meant to look.  The first synthetic dye, mauveine, was discovered by accident in 1856 when an 18-year-old student was trying to find a cure for malaria.  Being the first of its kind, there were problems with the dye that caused the color to fade relatively quickly.  This is why our modern idea of the color mauve is sort of a faded grayish-purple.  Examples that have faded little do exist, though, as seen here.

Visiting dress, ca 1870 France
Traveling suit, ca 1870
Visiting dress, ca 1870
Wrapper, early 1870’s

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