Lovely design, but it certainly is telling when the dress is so fitted that it won't zip on a decorative dress form!

Vintage 1950s dress - party dress / floral print / belle of the ball

Back of mid bow dress? - Lovely design, but it certainly is telling when the dress is so fitted that it won't zip on a decorative dress form!

Gorgeous! Two-piece dress, Sweden, 1865. Pink silk moiré with white bobbin lace on machine-made tulle and white silk tulle. Hand- and machine-sewn. Skirt has eight panels. Hallwyl Museum, Sweden --

Two-piece dress, Sweden, Pink silk moiré with white bobbin lace on machine-made tulle and white silk tulle. Hand- and machine-sewn. Skirt has eight panels. Hallwyl Museum, Sweden Little Mermaid Pink Dress - Absolutely!

House of Chanel (French, founded 1913) Designer: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) Date: ca. 1990

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Evening ensemble House of Chanel (French, founded Designer: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg,

Vintage 50s Vogue 9735 UNCUT Misses Hostess Skirt by RomasMaison, $20.00

Vintage 50s Vogue 9735 UNCUT Misses Hostess Skirt and Petticoat with Deep Box Pleat Sewing Pattern Waist 26

Vintage Vogue 9735 UNCUT Misses Hostess Skirt and Petticoat with Deep Box Pleat Sewing Pattern Waist 26

Fausto SARLI COUTURE

[I'd think twice before choosing a gown that makes a model look fat!] Fausto Sarli Spring 2012 (like a sculptural bustle -- but almost like the skirt is backwards)

Kimono dressing gown c. 1885

Kimono dressing gown, c. This blue dressing gown began as a "furisode" or "swinging sleeves" kimono, a type worn only by young unmarried women, but was converted into a Victorian styled dress. For more information, click image.

Evening dress, Jacques Doucet, circa 1910. Silk satin and chiffon, beads, faux pearls, and rhinestones. “Pouter pigeon” bodice creating “S” shape. Via Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo.

Ca. 1910 Jacques Doucet evening dress of silk satin & chiffon, beads, faux pearls, rhinestones. “Pouter pigeon” bodice creating “S” shape / Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, Tokyo

1865 French Silk evening dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - If you click the pin, you will see that this is actually an example of a transformation dress. Such a dress was made up of three pieces: a skirt, a day bodice and an evening bodice. The one shown here is the evening bodice; the day bodice is not as decorated, has a higher neckline, and long sleeves.

1865 French Silk evening dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - If you click the pin, you will see that this is actually an example of a transformation dress. Such a dress was made up of three pieces: a skirt, a day bodice and an evening bodi

~A tape lace pink and ivory silk summer gown, circa 1900, the bodice and skirt with elaborate tasseled trim~

Circa 1900 tape lace pink and ivory silk summer gown, with elaborate tasseled trim on the bodice and skirt. Via Kerry Taylor Auctions. Close up of the details in the lace embellishments,

Trousseau dress, 1869. Dark brown silk poplin trimmed with light brown-yellow silk satin. Bodice has crew neckline with long sleeves & center front button closure. Skirt is full with cartridge pleats into waistband & small train. Belt has fishtail design at center back and closes with hook & eyes. Chicago History Museum

Trousseau dress, Dark brown silk poplin trimmed with light brown-yellow silk satin. Bodice has crew neckline with long sleeves & center front button closure. Skirt is full with cartridge pleats into waistband & small train. Belt has fishtail design

~Tea gown, Liberty of London, silk, ca. 1885~

Circa 1885 silk Tea gown, by Liberty of London. Tea gown, 1886 -- [the Victorian woman's idea of designer sweats].

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