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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  Hobbyist General Artist
so it's the real thing
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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!
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JabberBabyWocky645 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing! I can only imagine the thrill of wearing an authentic dress that old. Wonderful photo!
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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Seeing the dress on a human being rather than a mannequin gives a much better picture of how the dress was originally made to fit.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!
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MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Photographer
This is a wonderful item. And it look so right on you !
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PoisonQuill Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Beautiful! What I would give to view your collection up close!
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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 :)
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that dress is marvelous, gorgeous!!!! thanks for sharing it with us!!!
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TatianaDreamsMelt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So lovely! You look like a young Queen Victoria! :)
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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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