La Mode illustrée: journal de la famille - Google Books
1860s fashion plate, The Barrington House Educational Center, L.L.C. civil war era fashion
This fashion plate from 1864 is later than the period of my novel (1853-54), but the crisp, rather military braiding on the dress at the right helped inspired the style of Clare Hetton, my protagonist. From the beginning, I knew she was not a ruffly, flouncy woman, so the question arose: how would she dress of her time, yet in a way that expressed her real soul? Even though dresses are rarely described in the novel, it was important to me to pin this element of her identity down.
civil war 1860 ball gowns *swoon*
Frank Leslie's Magazine July Dec 1863 Civil War Era RARE | eBay