Miss Kate Chase was the daughter of Lincoln's Treasury Secretary, Salmon P. Chase, and a tireless campaigner for her father's presidential aspirations. An "imperious beauty," she was the leading belle of Washington City, and drove Mary Lincoln to jealous rages with her insults and wit.
Afternoon ensemble | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The bustle silhouette, although primarily associated with the second half of the 19th century, originated in earlier fashions as a simple bump at the back of the dress, such as with late 17th-early 18th century mantuas and late 18th- early 19th century Empire dresses
Evening dress, by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1953-54. Silk taffeta, boned and padded, metal, machine-sewn and hand-finished, wire, lined with chiffon. Worn by Caroline Colthurst, née Combe, a debutante who made her bow to society in 1953 and subsequently became a model. Collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, London.