Victorian Fashion: Ladies in Evening Dresses (Peterson's Magazine, January 1857)

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A fashion illustration from my collection of Peterson's Magazine, January 1857 issue. From the magazine, the description of the dresses are:

On the left, an evening dress of light blue crape with three flounces, the upper one being set in at the waist. These flounces are richly embroidered in floss silk. The corsage is slightly pointed at the back. The berthe is formed of the same material as the dress, and embroidered to correspond with the flounces. The sleeves formed of a puff and narrow ruffle. Head-dress of blue flowers.

On the right, an evening dress of white silk, trimmed with three lace flounces. Each flounce is ornamented with a bouquet of roses and foliage. Corsage of white silk, with a berthe of lace. Puffed sleeves. Hair in bandeaux, intertwined with a string of pearls.

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