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Dress in which the skirt is open in front from the waist down revealing a decorative underskirt or petticoat, worn in the 1830s-40s and the 1860s. Also worn in the 18th century and other periods from the 16th century onwards, though the term was not then used.

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'An Opera Girl of Paris in a Full Dress', by James Caldwall (Caldwell), published by  Robert Sayer, and published by  J. Smith, after  Michael Vincent (or Charles) Brandoin - NPG D47483

'An Opera Girl of Paris in a Full Dress'

by James Caldwall (Caldwell), published by Robert Sayer, and published by J. Smith, after Michael Vincent (or Charles) Brandoin
etching, published 1 March 1773
NPG D47483

Anne Townshend (née Montgomery), Marchioness Townshend ('The Marchioness of Townshend in her full Court dress, as worn by her Ladyship, on the Queen's Birth day, 1806'), published by John Bell, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47498

Anne Townshend (née Montgomery), Marchioness Townshend ('The Marchioness of Townshend in her full Court dress, as worn by her Ladyship, on the Queen's Birth day, 1806')

published by John Bell, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
etching, published 1 March 1806
NPG D47498

French Fashions, December 1831. 'Morning Dress. Dinner Dress. Opera Dress', published by Whittaker & Co, published in  La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine - NPG D47660

French Fashions, December 1831. 'Morning Dress. Dinner Dress. Opera Dress'

published by Whittaker & Co, published in La Belle Assemblée or Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published December 1831
NPG D47660

'Costumes Parisiens', number 3182. Wedding dress, June 1834, by Georges Jacques Gatine, after  Louis Marie Lanté, published in  Le Journal des Dames et des Modes - NPG D47671

'Costumes Parisiens', number 3182. Wedding dress, June 1834

by Georges Jacques Gatine, after Louis Marie Lanté, published in Le Journal des Dames et des Modes
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published 1834
NPG D47671

'Paris Ball Dress', February 1836, published by Joseph Robins, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47696

'Paris Ball Dress', February 1836

published by Joseph Robins, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published February 1836
NPG D47696

'London Evening Dress', April 1836, published by Joseph Robins, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47693

'London Evening Dress', April 1836

published by Joseph Robins, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published April 1836
NPG D47693

'Paris Evening Dress', April 1836, published by Joseph Robins, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47710

'Paris Evening Dress', April 1836

published by Joseph Robins, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published April 1836
NPG D47710

'Paris Evening Dress', March 1836, published by Joseph Robins, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47698

'Paris Evening Dress', March 1836

published by Joseph Robins, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published March 1836
NPG D47698

'London Evening Dress', November 1836, published by Joseph Robins, published in  The Ladies' Pocket Magazine - NPG D47704

'London Evening Dress', November 1836

published by Joseph Robins, published in The Ladies' Pocket Magazine
hand-coloured etching, published November 1836
NPG D47704

Ball or evening dress, 1839, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum - NPG D47754

Ball or evening dress, 1839

published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published March 1839
NPG D47754

Paris ball dress, 1839, published in Le Bon Ton, Journal des Modes, republished in  Blackwood's Lady's Magazine and Gazette of the Fashionable World - NPG D47773

Paris ball dress, 1839

published in Le Bon Ton, Journal des Modes, republished in Blackwood's Lady's Magazine and Gazette of the Fashionable World
hand-coloured etching and line engraving, published March 1839
NPG D47773

'Modes de Paris', 10 March 1839, probably by Hippolyte Damours, published in  Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes - NPG D47786

'Modes de Paris', 10 March 1839

probably by Hippolyte Damours, published in Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 10 March 1839
NPG D47786

'Modes de Paris', 15 March 1839, probably by Hippolyte Damours, published in  Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes - NPG D47787

'Modes de Paris', 15 March 1839

probably by Hippolyte Damours, published in Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published 15 March 1839
NPG D47787

'Modes de Paris', 31 August 1839, probably by Hippolyte Damours, probably published by  S. & J. Fuller, first published in  Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes - NPG D47819

'Modes de Paris', 31 August 1839

probably by Hippolyte Damours, probably published by S. & J. Fuller, first published in Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, circa 31 August 1839
NPG D47819

'Modes de Paris', 15 December 1839, probably by Hippolyte Damours, probably published by  S. & J. Fuller, first published in  Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes - NPG D47838

'Modes de Paris', 15 December 1839

probably by Hippolyte Damours, probably published by S. & J. Fuller, first published in Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, circa 15 December 1839
NPG D47838

Court ball dress, May 1840, published by Dobbs & Co, published in  The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in  Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes - NPG D47858

Court ball dress, May 1840

published by Dobbs & Co, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published May 1840
NPG D47858

'Toilettes de Promenade - Walking Dresses', September 1840, published by Dobbs & Co, published in  The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in  Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes - NPG D47864

'Toilettes de Promenade - Walking Dresses', September 1840

published by Dobbs & Co, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published September 1840
NPG D47864

Toilette d'interieur and carriage costume, July 1841, published by Dobbs & Co, published in  The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in  Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes - NPG D47877

Toilette d'interieur and carriage costume, July 1841

published by Dobbs & Co, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published July 1841
NPG D47877

Dancing costume, December 1842, published by Dobbs & Co, published in  The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in  Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes - NPG D47904

Dancing costume, December 1842

published by Dobbs & Co, published in The Court Magazine and Monthly Critic and Lady's Magazine and Museum, first published in Le Follet, Courrier des Salons, Journal des Modes
hand-coloured etching, line and stipple engraving, published December 1842
NPG D47904

'Demi-toilet and walking dress', October 1844, published by George Henderson, published in  The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance - NPG D47940

'Demi-toilet and walking dress', October 1844

published by George Henderson, published in The Ladies' Cabinet of Fashion, Music and Romance
hand-coloured etching, published October 1844
NPG D47940