1806 ca.  Evening Dress, French. White muslin, embroidered all over in white cotton. 1810 ca. Scarf, printed knitted silk,English.  19th Century Early. Fan, carved and pierced ivory, English.

1806 ca. Evening Dress, French. White muslin, embroidered all over in white cotton. 1810 ca. Scarf, printed knitted silk,English. 19th Century Early. Fan, carved and pierced ivory, English.

This sheer muslin evening dress (1821-23) demonstrates the survival of neo-classical elements of women’s dress into the early 1820s. While heavier fabrics in brighter colours appeared in day dress, white remained fashionable for evening.

Evening dress

This sheer muslin evening dress (1821-23) demonstrates the survival of neo-classical elements of women’s dress into the early 1820s. While heavier fabrics in brighter colours appeared in day dress, white remained fashionable for evening.

Dress, 1805-1810, At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists. The neo-classical design at the skirt's center front echoes the delicate swags on embroidered pictures, while the sheer gauze fabric (which required a solid color underdress to avoid indecent exposure) recalls the floating train on the Egyptian princess's dress in Ruth Green Barber's Moses picture.

Dress, 1805-1810, At the beginning of the nineteenth century, whitework became the favored embellishment for fashionable Grecian-style gowns, the latest fashion, with low necks and high waists. The neo-classical design at the skirt's center front echoes the delicate swags on embroidered pictures, while the sheer gauze fabric (which required a solid color underdress to avoid indecent exposure) recalls the floating train on the Egyptian princess's dress in Ruth Green Barber's Moses picture.

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