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1850 by siliadityr 1850 by siliadityr
A 1850 circa ballgown

Not a costume, but an original victorian dress [link] and headdress [link]

To answer to who, looking at this picture, claimed that historical dresses should not be worn, I would like to clarify that... I agree.
I have more that 1200 antique clothing items, including almost 200 complete dresses from 1780 to 1930. They are stored flat, in acid free paper, away from light, dust and insects. I never wear them, I collect them only for their historical value.
But for one time I wanted to try the thrill.
To prevent damages I wore it inside (no direct sunlight), with a T-shirt underneath so it didn't touch my body skin, and for no more than 15 minutes. And I choose a dress my size so it wasn't stressed by stretching.

You can see my collection here: [link]
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MarianaFuzaro Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
so it's the real thing
Tournevent Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You look great !
I agree with your position, and I also think you did well to wear this one! As a reenactress, I understand the want to give life again to the past, it's important to share it and permise us to discover it with you. Thank you!
JabberBabyWocky645 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing! I can only imagine the thrill of wearing an authentic dress that old. Wonderful photo!
tinselizzi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I, too, own antique dresses and while I agree many should not be worn, a good, strong dress is a perfect picture opportunity!
(Besides, what good is preserving a dress if we remain too afraid to enjoy it?)
Seeing the dress on a human being rather than a mannequin gives a much better picture of how the dress was originally made to fit. You look absolutely stunning in this ball gown! I am so thrilled with your collection and the care you give your garments. Thank you for sharing!
MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Photographer
This is a wonderful item. And it look so right on you !
PoisonQuill Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Beautiful! What I would give to view your collection up close!
PvtSam75 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I have to agree, sometimes you just can't resist! Plus, having a garment on a human form every once in a while isn't so bad, it's what they were made for! It shows off what each garment really should look like, and this looks lovely. Thankfor saving a little piece of history :)
SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that dress is marvelous, gorgeous!!!! thanks for sharing it with us!!!
TatianaDreamsMelt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So lovely! You look like a young Queen Victoria! :)
La-Bella-Devotchka Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
My God,you have a collection!!!!! I adore those historic costumes..! :)
Great job on the conservation of the dresses! :clap:
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