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1872 – Mon. Vignon, Silk day dress

The early 1870s were characterized by bustles, square necklines, sleeves that flare at the wrist, jacket-style bodices, the appearance of aprons, asymmetry, and flounces, frills, and ruffles. This ca. 1872 silk day dress designed by Mon. Vignon is the perfect example of a fashionable early 1870s garment.

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1941 – Wyler, The Little Foxes

This film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play involves the corrupt dealings of a wealthy Southern family at the turn of the 20th century. The vicious Regina Giddens and her two greedy brothers scheme mercilessly in their attempt to make a fortune on a new cotton mill.

1876

1876 was a year that abided by the rule of "more is more", as the most fashionable styles at the time included dramatic bustle silhouettes, combinations of multiple fabrics on a single garment, and extravagant trimmings.

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knickerbockers

Knickerbockers or "knickers" are full or baggy trousers gathered at the knee or just below and usually fastened with either a button or buckle. Knickerbockers were initially worn by men in the late 19th century and gradually became part of women's fashion. The garment was usually worn as sportswear and became especially popular among golfers and female cyclists, hence the term "pedal pushers".