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19th Century

These posts focus on garments from the 1850s to the 1890s, some of the Fashion Research Collection's oldest artifacts.

1850s
Close up of paisley pattern of a child's dress from the 1850s

PDF fileA 1850s Child Paisley Dress, opens in new window “Frankie’s Party Dress” is a creative interpretation of an object analysis exercise. By Pam Johnston.

1860s
Close up of waist detail of a white printed 1860s dress

PDF fileA Comparison of 1860s Dresses, opens in new window Examines and compares a 1860s muslin dress from the FRC to similar designs housed within other fashion institutes and museums. By Alys-Mak Pilsworth.

Bodice of an arsenic green dress with a square neckline and gold buttons

PDF fileThe Arsenic Green Dress, opens in new window Shares the results of arsenic testing on a green-pigmented dress from the late 1800s. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Sketch of 1860 day dress

PDF fileStudy of a Summer Day Dress, opens in new window Analyses a muslin day dress from the mid-19th century. By Alys Mak-Pilsworth.

Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Green celluloid hair comb with yellow and blue accents

PDF fileThe Celluloid Hair Comb and Its Troublesome Existence, opens in new window Examines the trend of the hair comb, its troublesome existence and its evolution of style by conducting object-based research. By Sonali Prasad.

1870s
Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Black sheered otter muff 1870s

PDF fileThe Muff, opens in new window Examines the history and significance of the muff and its use by both men and women. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

1880s
Sketch of Lady's velveteen jacket

PDF fileA Close Look at a Lady's Velveteen Jacket, opens in new window Offers a close reading of a women’s velveteen jacket from the 1800s. By Jessica Oakes.

Close up of tie on bustle

PDF fileThe Reversible Player Sports Bustle, opens in new window Discusses the wearing of the bustle, its rise and fall in popularity throughout the Victorian era, particularly in relation to sports, such as tennis. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

A Weston and Wells Reversible Plated Bustle

PDF fileA Weston and Wells Reversible Plated Bustle, opens in new window Investigates an 1885 bustle and its relation to American ingenuity during the Industrial era. By Christine Gow.

1890s
Close up of closure on robe

PDF fileThe Journey of a Chinese Robe, opens in new window Explores the history, construction and symbolism of a late 1800s Chinese robe by comparing it to similar robes belonging to the Textile Museum of Canada. By Tori Hopgood.

The top hat box with the initials E.J.L.T.

PDF fileThe Top Hat of E.J Lennox, opens in new window Analyses a top hat by studying its life as a singularized possession. By Amanda Memme.

Close up of rosette detail on wedding slippers

PDF file1890s Wedding Slippers, opens in new window Investigates the social history of a pair of wedding slippers from 1890. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.