Casey Fashion Plates Detail | Los Angeles Public Library
This fashion plate from 1864 is later than the period of my novel (1853-54), but the crisp, rather military braiding on the dress at the right helped inspired the style of Clare Hetton, my protagonist. From the beginning, I knew she was not a ruffly, flouncy woman, so the question arose: how would she dress of her time, yet in a way that expressed her real soul? Even though dresses are rarely described in the novel, it was important to me to pin this element of her identity down.
Evening dress, 1855-1860, British, silk and linen. From the shoulder to hem 136.5 cm. Lovely and elegant mantle-style bodice with sculpting and trim repeated on the flounces. From the Leeds Museums and Galleries Collections.
Les Modes Parisisennes Fashion Plate | c. 1855 I have an affinity for black and white evening gowns.
Princess Marie Bonaparte, now Princess George of Greece. Cartier c1907. Fresh fruit on a branch of olive with a large diamond drop in the center symbolizing bountiful blessings. This tiara can be work with or without the center diamond. Pin without the center drop in Tiaras I. (Albion Art Collection)
In the Swan's Shadow: La Belle Assemblee, November 1861. Civil War Era Fashion Plate
June 1862 - that skirt is so weird in how much bigger than the hoop it is