Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Evening dress worn by First Lady Lucy Hayes, 1880 United States, Smithsonian Museum of American Art
This was worn to the White House’s New Years Eve reception
Dress worn by First Lady Sarah Polk, late 1840’s and 1880’s United States, Smithsonian Museum of American Art
It used to be that reusing and modifying old clothing passed down within a family was relatively common, especially with morning dress. This dress, however, was made into an evening dress to be worn by Sarah Polk’s niece in the 1880’s. It’s too bad there are so many stains on it. That ice blue is beautiful.
(Formerly) evening dress worn by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, 1861 United States, Smithsonian Museum of American History
This dress originally had an evening bodice, but it was replaced later in the century with the day bodice you see here, made from fabric from the skirt. I can’t imagine her fitting into this bodice…It must have been meant for display.
Open robe worn by First Lady Dolley Madison, late 1810’s United States, Smithsonian Museum of American History
Dress worn by First Lady Martha Washington, early 1780’s United States, Smithsonian Museum of American History
Wedding dress worn by Mary of Habsburg, 1520’s Hungary, Hungarian National Museum
An outfit worn by her husband also exists, but I can’t find a color picture of it.
I would definitely wear this dress.
"Golden Gown" supposedly worn by Queen Margaret I of Denmark, ca 1403-1439, Uppsala Cathedral
For a long time, the gown was kept near to Margaret’s tomb in Roskilde Cathedral, but in 1659 it was taken to Sweden as booty by Charles X. It was donated to Uppsala Cathedral by the royal family in 1665.
Evening dress of Empress Maria Fyodorovna, 1880-83, State Hermitage Museum
Caroline Harrison’s inaugural gown, 1889, Smithsonian Museum of American History