Possibly The Worst 1850s Dress Ever

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1859. The Museum at FIT.

It looks like a furry animal (goat, sheep, elk???) got entangled with a fringe machine. All those shades of brown are awful together! And it must be very heavy. I wouldn’t be caught near this. Need I say more? What do you think?

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25 thoughts on “Possibly The Worst 1850s Dress Ever

  1. Children, let’s all say “Eewwww.” Just like today, not all our ancestors’ had good fashion sense.

    1. Hm, yes, I suppose that if you were really hard pressed for materials maybe you would use anything you have. But perhaps then the dress wouldn’t need all the embellishment?

  2. It looks like she was attacked by ugly 70s curtains and a bathroom rug. I saw a woman at the grocery store last week who was wearing what looked like a high pile fuzzy rag rug. Bad taste is timeless ;-b

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