Bright Pink Tulle & Taffeta Ball Gown Trimmed with Blonde Lace. American or French, c. 1858. (View 1)

Bright Pink Tulle & Taffeta Ball Gown Trimmed with Blonde Lace. American or French, c. 1858. (View 1)

Bright Pink Tulle & Taffeta Ball Gown Trimmed with Blonde Lace. American or French, c. 1858. (View 2)

Bright Pink Tulle & Taffeta Ball Gown Trimmed with Blonde Lace. American or French, c. 1858. (View 2)

This dress represents the plaid trend of the time period. Produced in the mid 1800s, this dress is made of silk and wool. Additionally, the off the collar look is typical of the crinoline period.

This dress represents the plaid trend of the time period. Produced in the mid 1800s, this dress is made of silk and wool. Additionally, the off the collar look is typical of the crinoline period.

Evening dress, 1861. Silk satin, silk ribbon, hand-made point de gaze lace. Attributed to Worth & Bobergh, France.

Evening dress, 1861. Silk satin, silk ribbon, hand-made point de gaze lace. Attributed to Worth & Bobergh, France.

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Ballgown, the Netherlands, ca. 1870-75. Silk trimmed with satin, 2 pieces. Bodice has low, oval neck, very short, tight sleeves, empire waist, and trailing queue; white cotton lining. Skirt has pleated linen waistband, closing behind with hooks & eyes. Vertical ruffles sewn onto lower half. Mode Museum, Antwerp, via Europeana Fashion

Robe du soir (coton et soie) vers 1840 (USA). Donnée par une fondation de divers donateurs en 1982.

Robe du soir (coton et soie) vers 1840 (USA). Donnée par une fondation de divers donateurs en 1982.

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