The 1850s in Fashionable Gowns: A Visual Guide to the Decade | Mimi Matthews

The 1850s ushered in a decade of bright colors, exotic fabrics, and womanly curves.  Gone were the restrictive Gothic gowns of the 1840s.  In their place were distinctively feminine frocks with flowing, pagoda-style sleeves and impossibly full skirts supported by the newly introduced wire cage crinoline.  This was a decade during which fashion was influenced by the Crimean War, the emergence of the modern sewing machine, and the increasing…

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4 thoughts on “The 1850s in Fashionable Gowns: A Visual Guide to the Decade | Mimi Matthews

  1. A feast of frocks for the start of 2016! They still had a lot of material in them, and must have been a little heavy, with all the undergarments, extra sleeves, and big hats.
    No wonder they were often ‘swooning.’
    Best wishes, Pete.

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