Anne Shirley would be salivating over those puffed sleeves.
Evening dress, ca. 1828; silk
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1985.20.4; Purchase, Irene Lewisohn and Alice L. Crowley Bequests
The overall shape of women’s dress during and after the British Regency (1811-1820) did not change much. The waistline slowly and slightly dropped to just above or at the natural waist, and the puffed sleeves grew to proportions even greater than those shown on this evening gown. These sleeves, filled out with pads, were balanced on the high point of the shoulder.