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~ Woman’s Home Companion, July 1915via Harvard University Library(click to enlarge)
Portrait of a Woman in Red by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1620, Tate Britain
An example of maternity clothing from the early 17th century.

Portrait of a Woman in Red by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1620, Tate Britain

An example of maternity clothing from the early 17th century.

(Source: tate.org.uk)

tinywaitress:

A one-piece maternity trained wedding gown, circa 1880, of cream finely  ribbed silk and ivory satin, with silk fringe and cord detailing, lace  trimmings to collar and cuffs, together with a white cotton trained  petticoat with bobbin lace detailing and a cream taffeta cape with  embroidered detailing.

tinywaitress:

A one-piece maternity trained wedding gown, circa 1880, of cream finely ribbed silk and ivory satin, with silk fringe and cord detailing, lace trimmings to collar and cuffs, together with a white cotton trained petticoat with bobbin lace detailing and a cream taffeta cape with embroidered detailing.

Maternity dress, 1890’s
Found through All the Pretty Dresses
Maternity day dress, ca 1825 Australia, Powerhouse Museum

Maternity day dress, ca 1825 Australia, Powerhouse Museum

Maternity dress, ca 1858-60 England, Powerhouse Museum
Maternity visiting ensemble, 1870’s England, Powerhouse Museum

Maternity visiting ensemble, 1870’s England, Powerhouse Museum

Maternity day dress, ca 1898, the Bartos Collection

Maternity day dress, ca 1898, the Bartos Collection

Maternity day dress, 1880’s-90’s
I’m guessing that the pleats on the front were used to mask pregnancy.
Tied at the waist:

Back:

Maternity day dress, 1880’s-90’s

I’m guessing that the pleats on the front were used to mask pregnancy.

Tied at the waist:

Back:

Maternity corset, 1875-99 England or Germany, V&A Museum
Maternity corsets of this time were not meant to shape a woman’s body.  Rather, they existed because a corset, worn for shaping or not, was an essential part of a woman’s underwear much like a bra is today.  This example laces on the sides to accommodate an expanding belly.

Maternity corset, 1875-99 England or Germany, V&A Museum

Maternity corsets of this time were not meant to shape a woman’s body.  Rather, they existed because a corset, worn for shaping or not, was an essential part of a woman’s underwear much like a bra is today.  This example laces on the sides to accommodate an expanding belly.

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