Your Weekend Wow!

1869 Magenta Silk Gown

1869 Magenta Silk Gown

I call this simply The Magenta Dress.

It is on the cover of the British edition of Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail, by Lucy Johnson. I love everything about this gown. The color. The style. The textural contrast between the silk body and the satin ribbon trim. The pop of off-white nets poufs on the sleeves. Bows everywhere. Scallops galore. And did I mention the COLOR?!

It appears to have been made with two different bodices, one for “everyday” and one for special occasions; not unusual for the time. Enjoy!

Side view

Side view

detail, left sleeve

detail, left sleeve

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koshka-the-catUpdate: Hokey smokes! Someone actually reproduced this dress! Here’s the link to her blog: http://koshka-the-cat.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-1869-dress-day-version.html

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2 thoughts on “Your Weekend Wow!

    • I love the part in her post when she says it’s not all that hard, just a lot of detail work. Hah! I can’t imagine how many miles of satin was needed for all of the edge work. That’s where my fingers would die.

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