Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dressing Sophronia from the Corset Up


Good day, Fashionable Reader, today I am posting all about what Sophronia as wearing under all those dresses I describe in the Finishing School series. I hope you enjoy this, I had a lot of fun pulling it together.

A dress like this, worn as a daytime garment for classes:

1850s Ensemble  Nordiska Museet

Sophronia might also carry:

1850s Parasol  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Or perhaps...

1867 Fan Souvenir de l’exposition universelle

Her first layer under that outfit:


Under the dress above, she'd be wearing something like this:

Accessory Set 1850s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art: a lace tuck or collar, and sleeve extensions.

Corset Cover  1864-1868  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stocking  1860  Les Arts Décoratifs 

Shoes  1854-1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

There would also be gloves, of course.

The next Layer under that:

 Underneath those we have...

 Corset  Roxy Ann Caplin, 1851  The Museum of London

1855-1865  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Likely there would also be split drawers, but I couldn't find a good image from this timer period. Note that there is no cage crinoline, it is introduce to England after the Finishing School series.

Similar foundation garments might go under Sophronia's transformation gown. If she were going out visiting and paying calls she would wear this:

Robe à Transformation  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art2

With these over it:

Accessory Set  1850s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

And for an evening ball, this version of the dress...

1855 Robe à Transformation  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With these in her hair:

1850 Headdress & Bouquet  Mid 19th Century   MFA

And this to ward off the chill:

Cape  1855  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Then & Now ~ Cream Cut Out Gowns


Then

Gown  Christian Dior, 1955  The Museum at FIT

Now

2014  S/S Naeem Khan via nymag.com

Matched Merch


Beware The Octopus Shirt

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