Possibly The Worst 1850s Dress Ever

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?

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.

  2. Hehe..:p -It looks strange; I think of Scarlet in “Gone with the wind” when she had made a dress out of curtains, as the materials was hard to get in times of war…

    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?

  3. 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

  4. Perhaps the dowels were too heavy. I wonfer if bamboo would be lighter. Looks like you all had fun!

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