Amalie Auguste, Princess of Bavaria and Queen of Saxony, wearing an evening dress with puffed sleeves and a patterned shawl, 1823

Amalie Auguste, Princess of Bavaria and Queen of Saxony, wearing an evening dress with puffed sleeves and a patterned shawl, 1823

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I love everything about this evening dress, from the color to the fantastic pleating! Ca. 1876

I love everything about this evening dress, from the color to the fantastic pleating! Ca. 1876

Open Robe dress, ca. 1785-95

Open Robe dress, ca. 1785-95

Anna Held, ca. 1890-1905

Anna Held, ca. 1890-1905

Woman’s court ensemble, England, 1950
From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Woman’s court ensemble, England, 1950

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Woman’s dress, 1885 

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dinner dress, ca. 1885
From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dinner dress, ca. 1885

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Portrait of Caroline Murat and her daughter Letizia, painted in 1807 by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.
The high-waisted gown in this painting perfectly exemplifies the Empire-Waist style of the early 19th century, reviving styles from Greco-Roman art. A similar, loose style of dress would be repeated in the next century during the 1910s. 
Now that we’re in the 2010s, do you see this style coming back again?

Portrait of Caroline Murat and her daughter Letizia, painted in 1807 by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.

The high-waisted gown in this painting perfectly exemplifies the Empire-Waist style of the early 19th century, reviving styles from Greco-Roman art. A similar, loose style of dress would be repeated in the next century during the 1910s. 

Now that we’re in the 2010s, do you see this style coming back again?

Believe it or not, this is actually a wedding dress, ca. 1860!
Before Queen Victoria was married in 1840 wearing a white dress, women rarely wore white for weddings, opting instead for heavy brocades, blues, yellows, etc. 
Part of me wishes this was still the fashion- lord knows it would make shopping for my wedding dress easier! Nowadays you’re considered daring if you don’t wear white!

Believe it or not, this is actually a wedding dress, ca. 1860!

Before Queen Victoria was married in 1840 wearing a white dress, women rarely wore white for weddings, opting instead for heavy brocades, blues, yellows, etc. 

Part of me wishes this was still the fashion- lord knows it would make shopping for my wedding dress easier! Nowadays you’re considered daring if you don’t wear white!

Evening dress from the House of Givenchy, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, 1967–69
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress from the House of Givenchy, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, 1967–69

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

It’s gratifying to know that women in 1890 wanted to be fairy princesses too! check out more here

It’s gratifying to know that women in 1890 wanted to be fairy princesses too! check out more here

Evening dress, 1910
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, 1910

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marie-Louis, Queen of the Belgians, 1841.
do those sausage curls remind you of anyone?

Marie-Louis, Queen of the Belgians, 1841.

do those sausage curls remind you of anyone?

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