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Walking suit ca. 1870s. Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art:

Walking suit, Two-piece visiting dress in 2 shades of gray silk faille. Skirt has short train and is worn with bustle. Triangular pocket on right side of skirt, trimmed with buttons & cord lacing, was designed to hold parasol. Indianapolis Museum of Art

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This blue silk, grosgrain dress was worn as a wedding dress. The skirt and bodice are separate. It has white lace trimming around the edge of the bodice and the cuffs (UK, In the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery and the Exeter City Council.

"With the spring," noted Mrs. Eric Pritchard in The Cult of Chiffon (1902), "comes naturally enough a tendency towards bright shades, seeing that `all the world is young,' and the buds are bursting forth into bloom; consequently tender tones of greens, yellows, pinks, and blues most strongly appeal to us

This mantle, made with a sixteenth-century Ming Dynasty velvet, is purely European in form. The gold thread is typically Chinese in style: gilded paper wound on a core of orange silk.