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Wedding dress, Portugese, ca. 1875–85. Cream-colored silk satin embroidered with white and glass beads on tulle. Lined in white cotton canvas. Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda, Portugal

Wedding dress, Portugese, ca. Cream-colored silk satin embroidered with white and glass beads on tulle. Lined in white cotton canvas. Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda, Portugal

Wedding dress, Sharpless & Sons, Philadelphia, ca. 1879. This elaborately beaded and pleated wedding gown of brocaded satin has a train and a small padded bustle, both elements of everyday fashion at the time. Matching slippers of silk satin with glass beads have been preserved with the gown. FIDM

Wedding dress, Sharpless & Sons, Philadelphia, ca. 1879. This elaborately beaded and pleated wedding gown of brocaded satin has a train and a small padded bustle, both elements of everyday fashion at the time. Matching slippers of silk satin with glass beads have been preserved with the gown. FIDM

Day dress, late 1860-early1870s. Bodice, overskirt, & underskirt in cinnamon silk faille with satin ribbon and fringe.

Day dress, late Bodice, overskirt, & underskirt in cinnamon silk faille with satin ribbon and fringe.

Wedding dress, Fenwick Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne, England, no date. Fitted boned bodice with pointed waist, high standing collar of cream cotton lace over chiffon, lace over chiffon chemisette, & ruched satin body. Full, puffed sleeves are elbow-length with asymmetric frill of chiffon & lace and pintucks. Neckline has chiffon drapery & orange blossom sprays (also on elbows). Fastens w/hooks & eyes on interlacing tabs decorated with tiny bows. Lined in white silk. Tyne & Wear Archives and…

Wedding dress, Fenwick Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne, England, no date. Fitted boned bodice with pointed waist, high standing collar of cream cotton lace over chiffon, lace over chiffon chemisette, & ruched satin body. Full, puffed sleeves are elbow-length with asymmetric frill of chiffon & lace and pintucks. Neckline has chiffon drapery & orange blossom sprays (also on elbows). Fastens w/hooks & eyes on interlacing tabs decorated with tiny bows. Lined in white silk. Tyne & Wear Archives and…

1860s gown with evening and day bodice of aqua silk satin trimmed with green velvet, ivory satin, and white beads.

gown with evening and day bodice of aqua silk satin trimmed with green velvet, ivory satin, and white beads. The Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textile Collection.

Day dress, Mlle. Chaillez, Montreal (?), ca. 1875. Cotton, silk satin, woolen lace, metal. Machine- and hand-sewn.

Dress About century Fibre: cotton (plain weave, lining), silk (satin), wool (lace); Sewn (machine & hand) Purchase from Mlle Chaillez © McCord Museum

Hand-embroidered silk satin/faille bustle wedding dress, c.1881  This exceptional gown was the wedding dress of a Miss Custer in 1881

Hand-embroidered silk satin/faille bustle wedding dress, This exceptional gown was the wedding dress of a Miss Custer in 1881

1899 Wedding Dress, Gale Gaylard (New York): silk satin, boned bodice, lined with silk, satin ribbon, organdy  and ruffled satin. "Anna Pingree Wheatland married Stephen Willard Phillips on June 15, 1899."

1899 Wedding Dress, Gale Gaylard (New York): silk satin, boned bodice, lined with silk, satin ribbon, organdy and ruffled satin. "Anna Pingree Wheatland married Stephen Willard Phillips on June 15, 1899."

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