1857-1860 Italian court ensemble (Metropolitan Museum) side view

Italy was not a unified country and this dress has fleurs des lys adorning it. That means a Bourbon court. So where were the Bourbons? In the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and Parma. The colors are in keeping with this Parmesan flag.

This 1857-1860 Italian court dress features a striking blue train that is also adorned with floral pattern gold embroidery.

Keywords:  1857, Italian, straight neckline, modesty piece, lace, quarter length flared sleeves, vee waistline, crinoline, train


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