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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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:iconmarianafuzaro:
MarianaFuzaro Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional 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 General 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Seeing the dress on a human being rather than a mannequin gives a much better picture of how the dress was originally made to fit.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  Student 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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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful dress!
It must have felt wonderful and exciting wearing it.
I have started collecting Victorian things, though not clothes (yet!), and it always intrigues me, that actual Victorians would have held/touched them, and had them in their possession. :)
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DeredereGalbraith Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
I saw the picture and thought that is almost too perfect for a historical costume. Than I saw your comment that it is a real one. Very lovely.
Nice setting too.
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thank you^^
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betsyboo84 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
I have to respectfully disagree with your choice to wear this dress. Although it may appear to be in good shape, fibers become brittle over the years, especially silk - even if they do not look fragile, they certainly are. Also, exposure to light and human body oils are both extremely dangerous to antique materials - a reason that curators only handle fabrics with gloves, and out of direct sunlight. I respectfully suggest that you save your dress for the mannequin, and continue on the generations of preservation for this beautiful work of art.

The dress is lovely - thank you for sharing it with the world!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
I know how fragile is an antique fabric, and I understand your objections. To prevent damages I wear it inside (no direct sunlingt), with a T-shirt underneth 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.

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 a wanted to try the thrill. Yes, I know it was still a risk, even with all precautions I took, but... I couldn't resist.

I'm very glad to see someone that loves and respects antique clothing like you.

If you are interested, you can see a part of my collection here: [link]
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Abayomi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a stunning gown. You have an amazing collection!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Thank you ^_^
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dark-angel-rising Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
It's so gorgeous! How did you manage to fit into one? My history of fashion professor brought it some gowns ca. mid 1800's and the waists are all less than 20 inches.
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Back in 19th century women (and men too) were average smaller than today. The dresses from 1850's that I have in my collection have almost all of them waist around 20-24 inches, but not all women were tiny neither back then, so you can find bigger dresses too ;-).
This particular dress belonged to a woman tall and not so slender, so I could wear it easily wearing a corset underneath (I'm 5'9" tall, with a 27 inches waist without corset).
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dark-angel-rising Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Haha I always forget that they weren't as tall back then
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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
So absolutely gorgeous! You say you collect costumes! Why, that's my dream!!!!

You look stunning here, like a Civil War Southern Belle! Beautiful stuff!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thank you^^
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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
You're welcome!
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Ms-internet-stalker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
That is such a beautiful gown... you wear it very well.

Your English is impressive, by the way! I noticed your website was in Spanish.
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Thank you ^_^

But the website's language is italian, not spanish ;-).
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Ms-internet-stalker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Oh. *embarassed* I can't read either one very well, so I just assumed. I apologize.
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Don't worry ^_^. Spanish and italian are very similar languages ;-).
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:iconamariel:
amariel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
That dress is so gorgeous. And the photograph is beautiful too ^__^
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ShalamarDelorian Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is Perfect! I swear I have seen a picture of Queen Victoria wearing something like this. Great Job!
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Fiskinfluensan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Mighty good job!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Thank you^^
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PirateLady-Lizzy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
:omg: I thought it was a coloring photographie ! Absolutly gorgerous !
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Thank you^^
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ocean-dance Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
whoa! what an amazing state its been kept in!
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Saelok Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are so lucky!!! :D
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primulatook Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thanks ^^
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captinjaneway Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning!! It's very beautiful! Absolutely perfect!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
thank you :-)
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cherryfizz55 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
That is so pretty and awesome that you own one AND able to wear it. Who ever had this did a good job preserving in through all the years.

Is the link in your author's comments your website of your collections? Cause if so, that's awesome. :)
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Yes, it's my collection :-)
Thank you ^^
But I wore it only 15 minutes to take the photo, no more ;-). I feard to damage it...
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EnigmaticSS Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
SO beautiful!
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thank you^^
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Hope-of-the-Untamed Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god! That's a beautiful dress! And original too. I be too afraid to even touch it let alone wear it.
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
I decided to wear it only because it is one of the strongest in my collection, and I wore it only for 15 minutes, time to take the picture ;-).
I was afraid to damage it too :-P
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Hope-of-the-Untamed Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well all that risk did bode for a very beautiful picture! :)
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jenny-springflower Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
What a lovely dress! Great job on the hair too. :meow:
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Thank you^^
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GelatoHime Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I love this! You are so lucky to have worn an original victorian dress!! :( -It's my dream lol-
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siliadityr Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
I collect antique clothing [link] . I have a lot of old dresses, but they are almost all too tiny or too fragile to wear, even only for a photo.
During this photoshooting I almost didn't breath fearing to damage the dress :P. I prefer to wear good costumes than original items ;)
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