A silk dress from c.1750 England.
Source: [The Costume Institute: Metropolitan Museum of Art]
Very big doors! Then again what could you hide underneath that skirt? Love the post?
I guess you wouldn’t need a purse, huh? Just store everything you need in some of that whalebone. 🙂
sideway? at least they didn’t have to worry about fat rolls showing under that dress….
True!! Although, something tells me the corset on this dress would NOT be fun. 🙂
you’re absolutely right…
The dress would be beautiful without the hoop. You could hide an entire family of children under there…or a forbidden suitor! Our Dickens Victorian Village is luckily a slightly later era where they did away with the hoops under the skirts.
I just can’t imagine how hot this entire dress must have been for the poor person wearing it! Once you count in the underclothes, frame, petticoat and silk dress…oh my goodness it must have been stifling. How do the actors in the village survive in even their sans hoops dresses?
The ladies at Dickens Victorian Village are somewhat fortunate because our main season is November/December. But the long dresses, hats, and capes sometimes cause a bit of difficulty even then, especially on a windy day here in Ohio where the winter is rather cold.
This is hilarious!! Thank you so much!! 🙂
You’re very welcome! 🙂
I’ve e-mailed it three people yesterday … and they all loved it, too!! 🙂
I’m glad! I found this other one this morning: http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/80004084?high=on&rpp=15&pg=6&rndkey=20130518&ft=*&what=Costume&pos=77
They seemed to have solved the doorway problem by moving everything to the back of the dress. 🙂
Very cool! I have a few friends who are fashion … lovers. So I’ve already shared this with three people! I always enjoy your posts, now my friends will know your blog, too! Thank you so much, I found it very entertaining! 🙂
Thanks for liking my post. Can you imagine having to wear this dress everyday??? You wouldn’t have to dust ever..just walk around and get the dusting done..LOL..Have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts
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