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Civil War Era Women’s Fashions

Of all the photos I have, the Civil War era style of dress is my favorite!  Nothing like a full, long, sweeping gown – what an entrance!  Today I will share a few of my favorites!

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I like this photo for many reasons – the woman is wearing glasses.  Very few portraits were taken like this – perhaps a form of pride?  In addition to a nice pattern in the dress material, but I like the addition of her cloak!

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This is a nice photo – possibly sisters?  It gives us two different dresses – with the same white collar.

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This is a lovely gown, made of a satin material, with nice decoration on the bodice and sleeves.

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Definitely a favorite – in addition to the decoration on the bodice and sleeves, the edge of the skirt is scalloped, adding another dimension to the overall look.  And her hair is beautifully braided.

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Another lovely gown worn by a more mature woman.  Note the tiny waist.  The hair is drawn back rather severely, in a simplified fashion of early 1860’s.

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A delightful photo – what a glorious skirt!  With her hat and jacket this is a superb outfit!

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Another beautiful example of Civil War dress!

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And finally, our Southern Belle ready for a ball in her off-the-shoulder dress.

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