Photographed by Lady Clementina Hawarden, 1860s
This photo is so very, very, posed.This pretty girl is most certainly not in the middle of sweeping the floors and other chores; most maids could not afford crinolines like that, and even the imitations that they sported would have been very cumbersome for practical work.
Most likely this is taken for novelty value, and might even be a little risque with that hiked up skirt and visible ankle!
This is a game I found a long time ago. Back when I was 15 I went to Colonial Williamsburg with my family and afterwards scoured their website to see what I could learn.
This was a really great little game to get you acquainted with all of the layers of Georgian clothing - it’s got photos rather than inaccurate drawings like you get with a lot of paper doll games, and there’s only one right way to put the ensembles together, so you learn. There are also 6 social classes to dress, from slaves to nobility. If you want to find out more about each dress item, the game provides it as well.
"1888 Doll" from the Gratitude Train
House of Balmain
The inspiration for this dress was a design created by Worth for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916). She was known for her keen fashion sense as well as strict health and beauty regimen.