Happy 4th of July From Lily Absinthe!

Lilly Absinthe would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July Holiday!


And here’s just the perfect dress for the occasion: 🙂

Reception Dress 1880 - 1882

Reception Dress, c. 1880 – 1882; Manchester Art Gallery

Almost Ready For Costume College…

Isincerely apologize for things being quiet here but I have been in hibernation for the past few weeks furiously working on a series of presentations that I will be giving at Costume College. Why the last minute rush? Well, unfortunately life has a habit of getting in the way and with our relocation and all, time has been at a premium. Costume College is an annual three-day costuming arts convention sponsored by the Costumer’s Guild West and it covers all periods and genres.

Adam 1918

Last year, I gave a presentation on American military uniforms entitled “US Army Uniforms, 1915 – 1918” and I had such a fun time with it that I decided to give an expanded version this year and this is scheduled for Friday July 28. But wait, there’s more…


On Saturday July 29, I will also be giving presentations on Paul Poiret, entitled “The King of Fashion: The World of Paul Poiret” which will give an overview of his early career. Also, I will be presenting “Haute Couture: The Early Years” where I give an overview on the rise of haute couture during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries (1870 through roughly 1905) both in terms of designers and the various styles.

Stay tuned for more!

Hooray For The Stars And Stripes!

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, we thought that we’d share the following pictures:

Reception Dress 1880 - 1882

Reception Dress, c. 1880 – 1882; Manchester Art Gallery

Reception Dress 1880 - 1882 - Back

Left Three Quarter Rear View

Reception Dress 1880 - 1882 - Back

Right Three Quarter Close-Up Rear View

Reception Dress 1880 - 1882 - Detail

Close-Up Of The Back

It’s too bad that we don’t know more about the provenance of this dress but there is little doubt that it was a patriotically-themed dress most likely meant for the Fourth of July. 🙂 That said, in terms of style it appears to be a day dress circa early 1880s- perhaps 1882 or 1883- because of the lack of a train. What is interesting is that the bodice and overskirt are a sea foam or celadon color with a red-striped under skirt. Both overskirt and bodice are decorated with black stars and trimmed in ivory lace and red-striped ribbon. Finally, the neckline is trimmed with small American flags.

This is a nice, spirited dress with relatively clean lines and simple decoration and trim with an interesting color combination and is definitely a strong candidate for recreating. 🙂