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September 21, 2010


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I love the striped dress. I spent a long time looking at the pics to figure out the bodice construction: I like the 1930s style of gathering rather than darts for bust shaping which obviously works well with the bias cut fashions.


Sheer dresses were also worn during the Civil War, surprisingly enough! It's interesting how many periods of fashion that we consider overtly modest really had quite a few ways in which they defied that assumption :)

Jason Lillywhite

Since these were worn with linings, were they truly considered risque back then?

FIDM Museum

Though we'd have to do more research to confirm this, I think you can make a case for these dresses being slightly risque, depending on how they were worn. I think it would probably depend on the situation in which it was worn, and the color of the slip itself.

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