hiddleshoneybunny:

The last quarter of the nineteenth century has been dubbed the Glided Era due to an enormous accumulation of wealth amassed through industry and investment (and before your personal income was taxed) in the years following the civil war. Interestingly, half of the country’s wealthy resided in Cleveland Ohio. The Western Reserve Historical Society is currently featuring a wardrobe exhibition displaying some stunning pieces of clothing from this era.

This is right about the time in history when the story of takes place.Here are wonderful examples of the clothing Thomas, Edith and Lucille would have worn and they help to bring to life the affluent and privileged society into which they born.

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This is the wedding ensemble of Charles William Bingham and Mary Perry Payne worn on their wedding day June 8th 1876. The tuxedo is black wool broadcloth and the wedding dress of course…satin! Thomas and Edith’s nuptials?

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Note the detail of the bow-tie, the one end flipped under the other end pointing out…

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I love the costume designers interpretation of this style for Edith, very simple, elegant and innocent.

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This magnificent garment is a dinner dress, about 1875, House of Mme Levillion,Paris. Burgundy silk brocade and purple silk satin with beadwork, reminiscent of the crimson gown Lucille wears in the ballroom scene, note the train.

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In the middle of the 1880s tailor-made suits made their way into women’s wardrobes as practical alternatives to daywear. I can imagine Edith sweeping through the streets of Buffalo in this jaunty ensemble! Promenade Day Dress about 1893

I could also easily see our young lady Edith in this lovely dress.

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And this one blew me away!

I wonder if the young Master Sharpe would have worn a little velvet suit such as this. Image courtesy of sharpini Boys velvet suit circa the 1880s.

Go to her blog and check out her hauntingly beautiful work!

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There were so many other lovely items in this exhibit from shoes to fans and hats. These were the pieces that immediately evoked the aura for me of Crimson Peak. I have no doubt that we are in for a visual feast!

Thanks again to sharpini for allowing me use of her art work.

please excuse the quality of the photos as the lighting is kept low to preserve the garments and no flash photography is allowed.

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