Sublimely gorgeous, sleek, enchantingly deep indigo hued Victorian dinner dress (circa via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). If only these classy Victorian dresses were still in style!
Walking suit, Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art
Evening dress 1898 of American origin. Ivory satin gown sweeps back into a short semi-circular train. Skirt is overlaid with finely embroidered & beaded black lace. In addition, a black lace & ivory satin bolero jacket sets off this piece ~ long sleeves.
Court dress of black silk moiré with lace trim and rich jet-bead embroidery, made by Fanny Scheiner, Vienna, 1880/90. Belonged to Empress Elisabeth ("Sisi"). Collection of Imperial Carriage Museum / Kunsthistorisches Museum, via Google Cultural Institute.
Afternoon dress Made and worn by Ora Baily McCuthen, a concert pianist in San Diego. She was the daughter of James O. Baily, one of the first men to discover gold in the Julian area and one of the founders of Banner, California.