Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Portrait of a Woman in Red by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1620, Tate Britain
An example of maternity clothing from the early 17th century.
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 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:
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.