As a costume and textiles curator, I have been accused in the past of “just looking at pretty dresses all day”.  Actually, my job is a bit more complicated than that, but yes, sometimes I do spend time looking at pretty dresses.  This beautiful fashion plate from 1872 depicts day dresses.  It is interesting to note that the little girl in the foreground is wearing basically a miniature version of the clothing worn by the adults.

fashion plate, The Young Ladies Journal, 1872

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