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charlestonmuseum:

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

charlestonmuseum:

Silk faille and velvet brocade dress, late 1880s. This fashionable dress, marked Worth / Rue de la Paix / Paris demonstrates the luxurious fabrics and styling used by the couture house of Worth. It was worn by the donor’s mother, Ethel Sanford (1873-1924), the wife of New York carpet magnate, Henry Sanford. Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1979

Charles Frederick Worth was an English-born designer who opened his own couture firm in Paris in 1858 and soon rose to haute stature, creating fashionable garments for Empress Eugénie and other titled and wealthy women. Worth established the custom of sewing branded labels into his creations, was the first designer to show his garments on live models, and sold his designs to his customers rather than letting them dictate the design. All of this earned him the moniker, Father of Haute Couture. He was immensely popular with wealthy Americans as well as European royalty and aristocrats. Many clients travelled to Paris to purchase an entire wardrobe from the House of Worth.

This gown is currently on exhibit in Charleston Couture.

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

charlestonmuseum:

White suede shoes, 1880s. From L Perchellet / Chaussures / Brevetées / 2 Place Vendôme / Entrée: 356 r. St. Honoré / Paris, these slippers with brass beadwork were made for “Mlle Sanford.” This probably indicates the donor’s mother, Ethel Sanford (1873-1924) who was born in Brussels.

In a handbook for sojourning, shopping and studying in Paris, dated 1907, Elizabeth Otis Williams writes: “Perchellet at 2 place Vendôme is a very good house for slippers.”

Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1979

Pink silk faille shoes, late 19th century. Made by Gartrell / Rue St. Honoré No. 359 / Paris, these stylish boots are trimmed with lace and have embossed pewter buttons.

Gift of Gertrude Sanford Legendre in 1980

Visit these lovely shoes in person – they are currently on exhibit in Charleston Couture!

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

monsieurleprince:

Frangiamore Salvatore (1853-1915) - Portrait of Louisa and Aline Bruce of Dyffryn St. Nicholas

monsieurleprince:

Frangiamore Salvatore (1853-1915) - Portrait of Louisa and Aline Bruce of Dyffryn St. Nicholas

The New Dress by Moritz Stifter, 1889 Germany
I couldn’t find its current location, but it was sold by Dorotheum in 2011. (The listing called it “Seamstresses”)

The New Dress by Moritz Stifter, 1889 Germany

I couldn’t find its current location, but it was sold by Dorotheum in 2011. (The listing called it “Seamstresses”)

Women on a Balcony by Frederic Soulacroix, mid-1880’s, private collection (UK)

Women on a Balcony by Frederic Soulacroix, mid-1880’s, private collection (UK)

(Source: artfact.com)

Waving to the Procession, Paris by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1880 Brussels, private collection
It was sold by Christie’s in 2008.
Click for a massive image

Waving to the Procession, Paris by Albert Roosenboom, ca 1880 Brussels, private collection

It was sold by Christie’s in 2008.

Click for a massive image

treselegant:

Cassell’s Family Magazine, 1881.
Dresses, 1884 US, Peterson’s Magazine
Yachting and seaside dresses, 1885 US, Harper’s Bazaar

Yachting and seaside dresses, 1885 US, Harper’s Bazaar

After the Matinee by Armando Menocal, ca 1885-90 Spain or Cuba

After the Matinee by Armando Menocal, ca 1885-90 Spain or Cuba

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