1857-1860 Italian court ensemble (Metropolitan Museum) front

Crinolines swept Europe from 1857 on and the Lady wearing this dress was probably thankful for this imposing but (relatively) light form of dress. The bodice is adorned with gold thread, but it is simple compared to evening bodices of the day with berthas, pleats, and engageantes.

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

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