First, a wonderful article on the aesthetic / dress reform movement. The images include this beauty:And also fascinating, an example of underwear that might have been worn with aesthetic dress:
And blast it all...I just noticed this exhibit was at the Ohio State University...only about an hour from where I live. Too bad I didn't know about aesthetic dress in 2000. :(I also love this image of three women in aesthetic dress. Their dresses appear to be worn with corsets, but they do have the romantic silhouette:But this is perhaps the most beautiful aesthetic dress I've seen yet:
The article accompanying the gown describes it as "made from moss green velvet, and has a blue central panel with smocking; a popular feature of aesthetic dress. The dress is made from very natural looking colours, and the moss green with the central splash of blue almost resembles a forest with waterfall."
Here's a beautiful aesthetic dress made by Holley Gene Leffler
And another period piece featured on Flickr:
I really must make an aesthetic dress sometime!!