The Museum of Historical Costume

Dress, circa 1868 – 1870

The dress is made of gray, shiny silk. It is richly decorated with silk fringes and frills. The bodice fringes and buttons are golden-orange in color. The combination of these two colors made the dress interesting and very adorned. This specific color scheme brings to mind gold and silver, i.e. the eternal attributes of wealth.

The skirt has an “apron” at the front, at the back it transforms into a long train. The dress belongs to costumes from the so-called first period of the bustle. They were characterized by a fairly wide skirt passing into a train, a heavily raised back, an apron at the front of the skirt and numerous decorations made of frills. In this period, sleeves were less slanting than just a few years earlier.

Original vintage dress.