Burgundy Silk Taffeta 1820’s Ballgown

During the transition between the narrow Empire style and the wide full skirt of the Romantic style, gowns were getting fuller but were still relatively flat in front, and the waistline was still slightly higher than the natural waistline. This gown has these characteristics – in the front the skirt is gored, while the back is full and gathered. It is made from ruby red silk and the waist, neck, and sleeves are decorated with jacquard ribbon.