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19th Century Fashion
A Victorian Lady’s finishing touch—the chatelaine. (From Wikipedia) A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc. .
Coloured fashion plate showing hair styles of the 1880s
Evening dress, Worth, circa 1880s. Two-piece sapphire blue silk satin. Boned bodice covered in black tulle studded with beads and sequins. Short puffed sleeves, ruched and pleated waistband. Skirt has studded front insert flanked by beaded border with Van Dyke points. Matching decoration at tulle hem band. Taffeta underskirt with pleated net and lace hem ruffle. Via Whitaker Auctions.
Dress, American, ca. 1885. Paisley wool print. Fashion History Museum, Ontario, via A Vintage Ramble
Gold silk evening ensemble (with sleeveless bodice), by Charles Frederick Worth, French, ca. 1888. Styles of this period were often taken from historical inspiration and covered in various types of trim and lace. In the 1880s the bustle reached its maximum potential, with some skirts having the appearance of a full shelf at the back. The dense textiles preferred were covered in trimming, beadwork, puffs and bows to visually elevate them further.