19th Century Fashion
This black silk faille two-piece dress was worn by an unknown woman in approximately 1866. Though it appears extremely formal and elegant to our contemporary eyes, it would have been worn to a dinner or reception, rather than the most formal of evening balls. The black ground creates a luxurious contrast to the multicolored floral sprays, which feature poppies, roses and bleeding hearts among other flowers.
Gown, Fox Sisters, New York, ca. 1895. Silk faille combines ribbon-weave satin stripes with watered silk flowers. Fabric embellished with pink velvet trim and flounces of beige lace and ivory silk chiffon. Both pieces lined with ivory taffeta. Boned bodice closes in front with hooks and has little sachet packets inside front. Skirt hem stiffened to hold shape, closes in back with hooks and hooks to bodice. The Fox sisters made dresses for the cream of society.Vintage Textile via web.archive....
Day dress, American, ca. 1870. Three pieces. Purple silk taffeta and black velvet. Bodice trimmed with purple fringe and black buttons; long sleeves. Skirt hem of black velvet trimmed with purple ruchings. Overskirt or apron of alternate stripes of black velvet and purple taffeta; trimmed with purple fringe and self-ruchings. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston