1. A “shocking pink” dress and dinner jacket with sequined sleeves, Schiaparelli, 1938.

    A “shocking pink” dress and dinner jacket with sequined sleeves, Schiaparelli, 1938.

  2. A boldly printed Schiaparelli evening dress, Summer 1939.

    A boldly printed Schiaparelli evening dress, Summer 1939.

  3. A 1940 Schiaparelli ensemble in black and Shocking Pink.

    A 1940 Schiaparelli ensemble in black and Shocking Pink.

  4. Ruffled pink evening gloves from Schiaparelli’s February 1938 “Circus Collection”.

    Ruffled pink evening gloves from Schiaparelli’s February 1938 “Circus Collection”.

  5. A pink and black striped evening gown with a bustled back, Elsa Schiaparelli, Summer 1939.

    A pink and black striped evening gown with a bustled back, Elsa Schiaparelli, Summer 1939.

  6. A super posh Schiaparelli blazer/jacket with a fur collar, Fall-Winter 1938.

    A super posh Schiaparelli blazer/jacket with a fur collar, Fall-Winter 1938.

  7. A vividly patterned silk evening blouse from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.

    A vividly patterned silk evening blouse from Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1938-1939 collection.

  8. A 1938 Elsa Schiaparelli evening gown in her signature shade: “Shocking Pink”.

    A 1938 Elsa Schiaparelli evening gown in her signature shade: “Shocking Pink”.

  9. Maria Leopoldine of Austria, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III, was painted by Lorenzo Lippi in 1649 while pregnant with what would be her only child. She died in childbirth the same year, at the age of seventeen.
The sides of the bodice Maria Leopoldine’s gown have been raised significantly from the styles of the time to allow space for her pregnant figure.

    Maria Leopoldine of Austria, wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III, was painted by Lorenzo Lippi in 1649 while pregnant with what would be her only child. She died in childbirth the same year, at the age of seventeen.

    The sides of the bodice Maria Leopoldine’s gown have been raised significantly from the styles of the time to allow space for her pregnant figure.

  10. An absolutely gorgeous girl’s party dress dating from between 1865 and 1870.

    An absolutely gorgeous girl’s party dress dating from between 1865 and 1870.