Found via Two Nerdy History Girls: The Online Costume Collection at Colonial Williamsburg.
Williamsburg, Virginia, may be strongly associated with the American colonial era, but the museum has clothing from the 1600’s through the Victorian Era. Now, a sizeable portion of its collections has been photographed and put online.
The Online Collection gives us a chance to sample the Museum’s holdings without buying a plane ticket. The online collection is searchable: Click here: http://emuseum.history.org/ You’ll find clothing and accessories, including shoes, fans, and children’s clothes; paintings, ceramics, silver and pewter; there are also quilts, furniture, “household necessaries,” etc. — quite a treasure trove.
The online Costume Collection contains photos of 385 items — with excellent enlargements and alternate views in the Costume Collection, and the Costume Accessories Collection online shows 444 items: hats, shoes, gloves, buttons…. When you visit the site, you can enlarge the images to see details more clearly.
This man’s three piece suit from the colonial period has a vest with attached linen sleeves:
This child’s plaid Victorian dress can be seen more closely; search for # 1997-158.
The Museum also has stays (a corset) for a child, circa 1740-1760. Search for #1964-405.
This roller printed dress is from the 1830’s:
And this 1880’s bustle dress is # 1998-240.
To see the collection, or any of these items in more detail, go to Costume Collection and search by the number.
Don’t forget to visit the Costume Accessories, like this pair of embroidered gloves dated 1630-1650.