Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Mourning dress by Amédée François, ca 1880 France, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bonnet, ca 1880 New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Purple velvet bonnet trimmed with purple and light lavender ostrich feathers.
The Pathetic Song by Thomas Eakins, ca 1881 US, private collection
This study photo is kept in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. You can see the painting on the right.
Home toilette, Sep 1880 US, The Delineator
The engraving illustrates a toilette made of cashmere and striped satin and trimmed with the same and Languedoc lace. It is arranged to present the effect of an over-garment with a long train worn over a short costume, and the result is very charming. The front, at its closing edges, extends only a short distance below the waist. It is cut back to the first dart, and then rounds downward and backward in a regular court-train outline, to meet the back-skirt, which extends in an oval train. Besides the two bust darts at each side, there is also another dart under the arm, the three shaping the front snugly to the figure. The back is adjusted by side-backs and central-portions, the seam of the latter terminating quite low down in the skirt in an under box-plait. The cutaway portions of the front expose a front-gore and two side-gores, overlaid for two-thirds of their depth with striped satin. The bottom of the latter is cut in deep points, which are lined and fall over a pretty decoration composed of a kilt-flounce, one wide and two narrow knife-plaitings, all of cashmere. From the top of this decoration the edges of the front are decorated with a double frill or scanty ruching of lace, which is also carried about the neck below a ruching of lisse. A narrow plaiting of the cashmere commences at the lower terminations of the lace and then extends about the train, forming its own decoration. The sleeve is in coat shape, and is finished at the wrist with a cuff of the striped goods and a frill of lace.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Red glazed cotton corset, c. 1880. Made by Farcy & Oppenheim, Paris. Labeled inside “C. P. a la Sirene,” this was one of the finest corset-makers in the late 19th and early 20th century, showing in World’s Fairs and Expositions. The corset laces up the back and has slot and stud fasteners in front, (each stamped “C P”), allowing the wearer to put on her own corset once the proper fit was determined. Colorful corsets became fashionable and accepted in the 1880s.
This corset is currently on exhibit along with other lacy unmentionables for Valentine’s Day.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday
Waving to the Procession, Paris by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1880 Brussels, private collection
It was sold by Christie’s in 2008.
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Evening dresses, 1880
My grandma’s still here so posts will be slow, but I’m going to try to get this place back up and running.