An 1851 Dress worn by Queen Victoria at the Great Exhibition. We often think of the Queen today in her unrelieved black garb (and dour expression), but until the death of her beloved Prince Albert her dress style was much less severe.
EnsembleEnsemble Date: ca. 1850 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Charlotte Church Collins, in memory of my mother Alice Slocum Church, 1976 Accession Number:
Despite their apparently rigid construction, century bodices were actually fairly malleable when it came to accommodating pregnancy. The use of stomachers left the front of the bodice open allowing pregnant women to either use larger stomachers.
The Civil War was the most divisive war in American history. In the early the United States experienced a growth of nationalism and unity, but it was replaced by sectionalism, leading to the Civil War.