Afternoon dress | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashions from the Third Quarter of the 18th Century to the End of the 19th Century, with Furniture and Accessories from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and that of the Museum of the City of New York," December 12, 1946–May 15, 1947
What Style of Cap Was Worn?
An endless variety of ladies' caps were worn in the mid-1860s. Caps had been around for a very long while, so the idea was not new. Only the styling changed to suit the fashions of the day. As with many items, how elaborate the cap was depended on the formality of the occasion, the type of event, or the lady’s station in life. If you were wealthy, your cap would likely reflect your status. A lady of more moderate means would have a cap of more moderate appearance. One of my favorite quotes…
History of fashion
ab. 1863 Eleonore "Felicie" Bull, daughter of Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull (Olsen & Thomsen's Photographic Atelier) (Bergen Public Library Norway)