19th Century Clothing, Photos, Historical Fiction

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1850-60 (from http://www.vintagetextile.com.  Find more on website)


silk moire ballgown with metallic gold appliqued hem border 1860

beaded carriage parasol 1830-50

handmade-needle-runtriangular-shape silk lace shawl

handmade-needle-runtriangular-shape silk lace shawl

The picture below the parasol is of a flounced taffeta and Chiné silk day dress, c.1860. The lining is stamped “Biddeford, Maine.

The photo beneath the flounced dress depicts children footwear,

Cameleon-style bronzed kid shoes with Louis heels and silk ribbon rosettes, c.1860.


gentleman's hand-sewn cotton print banyan,featuring complimentary paisley print

19th Century Antebellum, hats, historical fiction

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Queen of the milliners

Caroline Reboux (1837–1927) was a well known Parisian milliner and French fashion designer.[1][2] She had white hair and a “girlish” look.[1] Caroline Reboux was born in Paris France in 1837. In the 1860’s, her work came to the attention of Princess Metternich and by 1870, she was installed in a shop in Paris at the rue de la Paix, where she worked all her life (Wikipedia and http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com)

Reboux, the “Queen of the Milliners.”[4][5] made a name for herself in millinery in the later part of the 1800s and the early part of the 1900s in Europe and the United States.[1] She employed as many as 150 workwomen at any one time.[4] She is also closely associated with the origins of haute couture and her hat designs ranked at the same level as that custom fashion.[6]

Reboux opened a shop at 9, avenue Matignon, Paris, in 1865 where she worked throughout her life.[2] Retaining this shop as her base, she opened other stores in Paris and London.[2] She assisted others that she trained to open shops in New York and Chicago.[2] She was known for over fifty years as the queen of creative fashion hats.[2][6] Her designs were as much sought after as those of Charles Frederick Worth, considered the father of haute couture.[7]

The name ‘Reboux’ is mentioned in Thérèse Desqueyroux, a novel written by François Mauriac and published in 1927: « Anna de la Trave was wearing an overcoat of light grey cloth and a felt hat without ribbon or trimming of any sort (‘though,’ said Madame de la Trave, ‘it costs more like that than the hats we used to have with all those feathers and aigrettes. But, of course, it’s the very finest quality felt from Lailhala’s — a Reboux model.

As of the Years 1860, its creations draw the attention of the Princess of Metternich, then of the empress Eugenie. In 1865, it opens a store with Paris, with the 23 Rue of Peace, with the corner of the place of the Opéra, where it will work all its life.