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Original Gowns

Comments by Kay Inverarity

13.     This woman is handsomely dressed in a beaded gown with a matching shoulder cape c1880-84. Note the long cuirass bodice and the very tubular shaped skirt with a minimal bustle and no train. Trains became unfashionable for daywear in 1880.



14.   This woman wears a day outfit c1900. The skirt now fits closely over the hips and flairs from the knees. At this time decorative features on skirts were concentrated below knee level. The long parasol and hat are typical.


  15.      A woman in a gown dating from about 1883, the skirt is still very tubular. She now has a luxuriant fringe, a fashion that continued throughout the 1880s and 90s.


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