Most of you know that the American Civil War years (1860-1864) aren’t exactly a fashion favorite of mine. However, every so often I see a dress from that era that entirely works for me. This is one. It’s from the Met who, sadly, provides little information. But we can still enjoy it.
I love being able to see close details of the fabric and construction. I love the “rail fence” trim with the laced cording and how the tassels hang right to the hemline. And I’m thrilled they’ve chosen to photograph it with the correct hoop and undergarment support. Yes, the hoop is more much elliptical than circular, which it “shouldn’t” be for a few more years, but the hem is even so they must have got it right. Chalk it up to the fashion-forward French. (All photos from www.metmuseum.org.)
Silk dress, French, c. 1862.