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18th Century Fashion
Formal court mourning dress of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, made by Fanni Scheiner, dated after 1877. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien / Wagenburg und Monturdepot. Photos: (Top): Joshua Greene; (Bottom): Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Bodice of black satin trimmed with Chantilly lace and jet bead embroidery, black satin skirt with bustle and train, black lace bonnet and black velvet veil-mask edged with black lace.
White satin "orchid" gown, by Worth, c. 1900-03, at the Fashion Museum, Bath and Northeast Somerset Council. Worn by Lady Curzon, the Vicereine of India, for state occasions in Delhi. The material was embroidered by Indian craftspeople with gold and silver threads and crystal beading, a technique known as zardozi. The train is fourteen feet long. Via The Tumbrel Diaries.
1727-1730 French Coat and waistcoat worn by Tsar Peter II at the Moscow Kremlin Museums - "In this ensemble the silk of the waistcoat and coat cuffs has faded considerably. It was once a vibrant pink, an elegant contrast to the deep blue velvet of the coat. Both garments are decorated in silver embroidery, worked separately then applied to the velvet and taffeta, rather than embroidered directly onto the coat and waistcoat."