I think I'm in love...
...with this gown!
I was researching gowns from the second bustle era, to help me with my current project, and I stumbled upon this gown from The Met Museum site, dated 1885-1888.
Isn't it gorgeous! I literally gasped when I saw it...the color, the texture, the (dare I say it) pleated skirt, with smocking, the removable pin-tucked neckline, interchangeable belt...and the asymmetrical draped over-skirt is to die for! I think I will file it away for a future dream project. It might be my piece-de-resistance!
p.s. - the pictures aren't click-able links. please use the Met Museum link posted above to access the original photo source.