The Beautiful Bodice: Fashions from the 1890s

Edwardian Gown, 1900-1910 Silk, velvet, cotton, satin, polished cotton, boning Maker Unknown, North American Collection of Ellie Laubner, 2009.

Day Dress, 1900, cotton, velvet ribbon, lace, net. Collection of Ellie Laubner

Sun, 05/05/2013 - Sun, 08/11/2013
Goodman Gallery

In the 1890s, women’s fashions were changing dramatically. The bustle was disappearing from day dress, and tailored jackets and gored skirts were all the rage. The Gibson Girl look was very popular: puffy-sleeved shirt, floppy bow or cravat, long flowing bell skirt, and swept-up hair beneath a feather-topped hat and a parasol. Women were becoming bolder in their fashion choices — vivid colors were more widely available, and astonishing striped fabrics and delicate florals were in style. The Beautiful Bodice complements our special Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition on display in the upstairs galleries. Highlights of Bodice include a stunning brown satin dress with leg-o-mutton sleeves, a fine selection of hats, ornamental tortoise shell combs, elaborately beaded purses, and other Victorian-era fashion accessories and period clothing from the Museum’s permanent collection.