Last summer, I traveled to Portugal with my family. One of the last things that we did was to go to the Museu do Traje - the National Fashion Museum. I took pictures of pretty much everything, but I've never shared them, so:
They start off with a Regency/Empire/Neoclassical room.
I'm not entirely sure what was going on with this one. The chat labels only discussed the materials, there was nothing about the provenance or aesthetic context. But it was dressed on a pregnant mannequin!
I took a picture of the hem decoration for future reference.
The neckline is so low! I don't see how you could wear a chemise or corset with that. At that point I was thinking purely in terms of research for costume-making, but by the next room I had decided to take a picture of each dress.
A beautifully whiteworked late 1820s day dress.
Day dress, 1833-1836.
Day dress, 1845-1847.
Evening dress, 1848-1855. You can see the Rococo influence in all that scalloped pinking and the use of a floral pattern.
Morning dress, 1850-1855.
(Sorry for the blur.) Day dress, 1850-1855.
Day dress, 1855-1860? I'm very confused about this one, as I can't find sleeves like that anywhere else, and none of these 1850s dresses have been dressed over hoops.
Day dress. The bodice looks 1865-1870 to me, but again, it's not dressed over a hoop, which makes it hard to see the shape of the skirt.
Reception dress, ca. 1874.
Day dress, ca. 1878. This dress and the previous were probably made for the same person - they're both quite tiny and have the same proportions.
Day dress, ca. 1892.
Walking dress, ca. 1895.
Day dress, ca. 1898.
Day dress, ca. 1899.
Two day outfits, ca. 1899.
A selection of corsets.
A selection of tornures!
Nightwear; corset cover and drawers; chemise.