Historic Color Combos: Green and Pink

Pink and Green Dresses and Gowns

Robe à la Française, circa 1770

Corset, late 18th century

American Evening Dress, circa 1845

American Afternoon Dress, circa 1865

(this gown’s unusual bodice reminds me of a 1950s bikini!)

Maison Manchon Roland Two-Piece Afternoon Dress, circa 1895

Worth Evening Ensemble (includes shoes, alt. bodice, etc.), 1893

Worth Floral Evening Gown, circa 1897

Worth Evening Gown, circa 1900

Myrbor Evening Dress, circa 1926


Pink and Green Accessories

Infant Stockings, circa 1650-1750

Lady’s Bag, late 18th century

Lady’s Shoes, circa 1780-1800

Day-to-Night Earrings, circa 1830

Silk Slipper, circa 1850

Lady’s Day Gloves, circa 1885-95

Pink and green have many different shades like rose, salmon, and magenta or sage, Kelly, and olive. Some shades blur the borders between colors, like terracotta (pink and orange) or teal (green and blue). Which way these “half-way shades” turn often depends on the fabric type and the surrounding colors. That’s why it is important to experiment with color, to learn its tricks and subtleties. You get to play Goldilocks…trying out all the possibilities in order to find the one that’s just right!

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As with all my articles, all of the images in this article are either linked to larger versions, articles explaining them, or other fact-filled sites to help you explore, so please feel free to check them out!

4 thoughts on “Historic Color Combos: Green and Pink

  1. I love the idea of analyzing colors for historical clothing. Where do you get your great images? I would love to know the source of the Lady’s bag late 18th Century. Cheers.

    1. Most of the images I find in the online collections of major museums. If you click on the pictures, they are all linked to the museum webpage from whence I found them. The easiest museum websites to navigate are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Unfortunately, very few museum websites categorize by color (so far the only one with color keywords is the MFA), so you will have to comb through the costume collections with an eagle’s eye!
      Another great costuming website that does costume analytics is American Duchess (americanduchess.blogspot.com). She covers many 18th century color trends and how to style them.

    1. They are really unusual, especially since they are so brightly colored. They must have been owned by a very interesting lady! :)

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