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The Comtesse of Valmont c.1841   Jean-François Millet   French, 1814–1875

The Comtesse of Valmont Jean-François Millet French,

1842. British. Silk. metmuseum

For thousands of years, silk has been a symbol of luxury. Its lustrous finish and soft texture made it the choice of royalty and nobility. The ease with which silk could be worked and dyed earned it

1840s dress

Evening Dress 1840 The Museum at FIT (OMG that dress!)

historicaldress: “ Brand: Spitalfields, England Medium: Ivory silk Date: Country: USA As fashion evolves, influential trends re-emerge. This dress was originally made in the eighteenth-century.

1840s men's 3piece suit, Brown and white checked pattern cotton. 1845 Multicolor Madras checked cotton day dress 1841-43

Man’s three-piece suit, brown and white checked cotton, circa USA; Woman's Day dress, multicolor madras checked cotton, A bit early for my purposes but a good example of a suit

Evening dress, 1840′sFrom the Rijksmuseum

Evening dress, the Rijksmuseum. Low neck for evening. Americans tended to have less low-cut necklines for evening. This is a youthful style (pale and demure, altho the is always demure!

Suit 1840s Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design

Suit 1840s Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design (OMG that dress!)

Suit 1840 Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design - OMG that dress!

Wedding dress, 1840′sFrom the Museo del Traje via the Museo del...

This is a wedding dress from the The first white wedding dress was worn in the White wedding dressed did not start trending until 1840 when Queen Victoria wore a white dress to her wedding.

White cotton petticoat, ca. 1838-1842. Before the invention of the cage crinoline formed by steel hoops, as many as six petticoats held out the wide skirts of the late 1840s. By 1850, the expanse of skirt was so great that the waist looked small even without a heavily boned corset. KSUM 1983.1.60.

Awesome Corset Dress ephemeral-elegance: “ Lingerie Set, Petticoat and Chemise Corset, ca.

Circa 1830-1840 dress with apron, madder-dyed.

French long-sleeved ladies' dress with gathered underbust and apron with pockets -- circa 1840

Early - mid 1840s, 'bead print' dress. Courtesy Charles R. Lemons, 19th century Fashions FB page.

Here is a photo set that shows portraits of people taken in the Charlotte Lockhart, later Mrs Hope, grand-daughter of Sir Walter .