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Child’s mourning garment, ca 1882 England, the Victoria & Albert Museum

Little girl’s mourning garment, in the form of a short princess-line coat dress made of black grosgrain lined throughout with white cotton. The garment has a rounded neck with a self fabric neckband, and fastens the length of the front with metal hooks and stitched loops. The hem and wrist-length sleeves are finished with vandyke tabs bound and faced with self fabric. The coat is shaped to fit at the waist: it is cut in six pieces, the front two of which have long darts. Lines of stitch holes indicate that two mitred pieces of fabric which were originally positioned at the waist back have been removed.

Child’s mourning garment, ca 1882 England, the Victoria & Albert Museum

Little girl’s mourning garment, in the form of a short princess-line coat dress made of black grosgrain lined throughout with white cotton. The garment has a rounded neck with a self fabric neckband, and fastens the length of the front with metal hooks and stitched loops. The hem and wrist-length sleeves are finished with vandyke tabs bound and faced with self fabric. The coat is shaped to fit at the waist: it is cut in six pieces, the front two of which have long darts. Lines of stitch holes indicate that two mitred pieces of fabric which were originally positioned at the waist back have been removed.

(Source: collections.vam.ac.uk)

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.

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.

Photo of Lillie Langtry, ca 1882
Wedding dress, 1882 Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs

Wedding dress, 1882 Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs

Bodice by Worth, 1880-85 Paris, Shelburne Museum
Wouldn’t you love to be able to have seen the whole dress?  I wonder if the rest of it is still out there?

Bodice by Worth, 1880-85 Paris, Shelburne Museum

Wouldn’t you love to be able to have seen the whole dress?  I wonder if the rest of it is still out there?

Girl’s dress, ca 1881 US, LACMA
Evening dress by House of Worth, 1880-82 Paris, the Met Museum

Evening dress by House of Worth, 1880-82 Paris, the Met Museum

Evening dress, 1881-82 France, the Met Museum
Dinner dress by Lord & Taylor, 1877-83 NYC, the Met Museum
Evening dress, 1880-83 US, the Met Museum
Evening dress, 1882 Finland, Museovirasto
Worn to a summer wedding by a baroness

Evening dress, 1882 Finland, Museovirasto

Worn to a summer wedding by a baroness

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