The Civil War (1861 – 1865)In general, the correct “profile” for the period featured a very full floor-length skirt (it would be shorter for very young ladies), and a closely-fitted bodice. The sleeves were often very full, and might have a bell shape or be very full at the sleeve head. The shoulder seam was typically dropped slightly down from the shoulder, and the waist was often just a bit above what we would consider a natural waistline.
Evening dress, 1855-1860, British, silk and linen. From the shoulder to hem 136.5 cm. Lovely and elegant mantle-style bodice with sculpting and trim repeated on the flounces. From the Leeds Museums and Galleries Collections.
Bodice Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: 1630-1639 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Silk satin, silk taffeta, canvas, buckram and whalebone, handsewn Museum number: 172-1900 Gallery location: In Storage