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1901-a-space-odyssey:

The Delineator, April 1899.

Bicycle suits and a hat ad
Wrapper, ca 1855
The lot also includes a day dress (ca 1850), a spencer (ca 1820) and a bodice (ca 1800).
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Wrapper, ca 1855

The lot also includes a day dress (ca 1850), a spencer (ca 1820) and a bodice (ca 1800).

Click to go to the absentee bidding page.  This Kerry Taylor auction will end October 16th at 2:00 PM GMT (9:00 AM EST).  You will need to register to bid ahead of time.

(Left) Evening dress, ca 1928 - Bust is 97cm/38in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.
The lot includes a summer dress (ca 1925) and a bodice.
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(Left) Evening dress, ca 1928 - Bust is 97cm/38in, about a size 16 UK/12 US.

The lot includes a summer dress (ca 1925) and a bodice.

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Ballgowns, 1950’s
The lot is the contents of an attic trunk, including four 1930s velvet and satin evening gowns, peasant-style embroidered blouses, two 1950s ballgowns, assorted gloves, petticoats, etc.
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Ballgowns, 1950’s

The lot is the contents of an attic trunk, including four 1930s velvet and satin evening gowns, peasant-style embroidered blouses, two 1950s ballgowns, assorted gloves, petticoats, etc.

Click to go to the absentee bidding page.  This Kerry Taylor auction will end October 16th at 10:30 AM GMT (5:30 AM EST).  You will need to register to bid ahead of time.

Bodice and morning dress, Aug 1861 US, Peterson’s Magazine

Bodice and morning dress, Aug 1861 US, Peterson’s Magazine

historicalfashion:

Silk embroidered jacket at KCI, c. 1790

Believe it or not, the first two photos are a reproduction of the extant jacket, which is pictured in the bottom photo, by Reine des Centfeuilles. Stunning!

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?

charlestonmuseum:

One of the most distinctive features of 1890s fashion is the huge sleeve. This festive bodice boasts rather large puffed sleeves, perfect for a holiday evening party. The holly ornamentation and rich red silk ensures that it is just the right thing for Christmastime. The Museum does not have the skirt, but it likely would have been matching red, long, full but smooth, with perhaps a train in back. The bodice is lined with cream cotton, has 14 sewn in stays for a perfect fit and an inside 20” waistband of red and white striped ribbon. Both the band and the bodice fasten with hooks and eyes.

It was given to the Museum in 1922 by Mrs. John Julius LaRoche (Virginia Marguerite Tupper b. 1898). Perhaps the garment was worn by her mother, Mary Ramsay Bellinger Tupper (1866-1903) of Charleston.

The Charleston Museum Archives has issues of The Delineator, Butterick’s fashion magazine, from the 1890s. The evening dress shown here, from May 1896, shows bouffant sleeves and artificial flower adornment similar to our holly-bedecked bodice.  With the short sleeves of evening wear, long gloves would have been appropriate, and a feather fan would have added just the right touch. The Delineator encouraged home sewing, giving the pattern number, directions and yardages for current fashions.

Holly has long been associated with Christmas, wrapped in Christian symbolism. But even before that, the Druids believed that holly, with its evergreen leaves, kept the earth beautiful during the bare winter. The Celtic people of pre-Christian Ireland adorned their homes with holly to utilize its mystic and healing properties. And it was the sacred plant of Saturn, the Roman sun god, used during the Saturnalia festival to honor him.

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

Hunting bodice worn by Empress Eugénie de Montijo, 1853-70, Musée de la Vénerie

Hunting bodice worn by Empress Eugénie de Montijo, 1853-70, Musée de la Vénerie

Bodice, 1760’s-70’s England, Manchester City Galleries

Bodice, 1760’s-70’s England, Manchester City Galleries

Jacket, early 1890’s Germany, the Met Museum

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