Russian royal party in St. Petersburg. Victorian costumes period.

The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them With Style by Lauren Stowell (Author), Abby Cox (Author).

Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox of American Duchess have endeavored to make the impossible possible by bringing historically accurate dressmaking techniques into your sewing room. Learn how to make four of the most iconic 18th century silhouettes―the English Gown, Sacque Gown, Italian Gown and Round Gown―using the same hand sewing techniques done by historic dressmakers.

Russian nobility gowns. Victorian costumes period. Festivities in Russia

Russian royal party in St. Petersburg 1874.

Russian royal party in St. Petersburg. Victorian costumes period 1874.

Festivities in Russia. The Royal Party Skating on the English Quay, St. Petersburg.

Royal party of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900), Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (1853-1920), Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942), Edward, Prince of Wales (1841-1910), Alexandra of Denmark, Princess of Wales (1844-1925), and Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark (1843-1912) ice skating on the frozen waters of the Neva River near the English Quay at Saint Petersburg.

Note:  Knitted dress by Thiébaud-Guichard. Romantic era 1841.

Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras (Abradale Books) by Beatrice Fontanel.

Thoughout the ages, women's breasts have been subjected to the endless whims of fashion. From the ancient Greeks to Mae West and Madonna, this light-hearted book charts the changing shapes of female beauty. The elegant and amusing images - including fashion drawings, paintings, photographs, and film stills - illustrate the often surprising history of the garments women have worn for support - and seduction.

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