1890’s little black afternoon dress

Enjoy this dress from the Costume Museum of Canada.1896 afternoon a

 

The shirt part has an opening concealed in the folds

The shirt part has an opening concealed in the folds

The bottom of the shirt is tucks...

The bottom of the shirt is tucks…

...and the top is gathered

…and the top is gathered

There is a separate lining inside that is buttoned shut.

There is a separate lining inside that is buttoned shut.

Side view of big sleeves

Side view of big sleeves.  I love the cuffs!

See how pretty they are.  I also love all the beading on the edges.  How many hours of work is that!

See how pretty they are. I love all the beading on the edges. How many hours of work is that!

Back view.

Back view.

Nice back extension on the lapel.  You can also see that the collar fastens in the back.

Nice back extension on the lapel. You can also see that the collar fastens in the back.

 

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2 thoughts on “1890’s little black afternoon dress

  1. kurajane says:

    I never understood how you put these tops on with the seemingly incompatible openings, open at the front fine, with you, but then there comes the back closing collar.
    Is the collar only attached to one side of the front?

    • Excellent question. I was wondering the same. I wish I could have undressed the mannequin to be sure but I’m thinking that the collar was only attached to the front on one side as you say. The other side of the front would have had extra material that would tuck under the collar as it wrapped around the back.

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