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The 10 Best Ladies Dresses

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of ladies dresses, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked ladies dresses in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific ladies dresses have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


 

#1 Rated Dress
Cordelia Pioneer Dress - Natural

 Victorian Old West Ladies Dresses and Suits Ivory Cotton Solid |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006003

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Average Rating: 4.67/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Great price
I was surprised with the quality of the details and the fabric was better than expected.
Feb 13, 2020
Satisfied
Newcastle CA
US
Perfect!
I ordered this dress for my daughter's role in a theater guild performance of The Secret Garden. It arrived fast and was exactly as described on the site! The dress was very well made and a perfect fit ( an amazing dress for a reasonable price)!
Nov 7, 2018
Karen
Newport Te
US
Historically accurate
Size small (5 foot 4, 120 lbs), it's 100% cotton so I'm glad it's initial fit is a bit too big since it will most likely shrink even in cold water. Looks just like the pictured dress. Good quality material. The only reason I have it at 4 stars is the fact that it's a bit short-- but it looks that way in the picture too, so it's not misleading! I think it's very historically accurate, good for reeanactors or Anne Shirley wannabes "Marilla! The puffs!" ;)
Jun 12, 2015
Gina
Julian

 

#2 Rated Dress
Cordelia Pioneer Dress - Black

 Victorian Old West Ladies Dresses and Suits Black Cotton Solid |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005005

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 6 reviews

Black Cordelia Pioneer Dress
Loved it! Quality workmanship!
Mar 14, 2019
Ellen
Johnson City Te
US
Excellent quality
LOVE this dress. Personally this is something that I will be able to wear all the time. The quality is excellent. This is not like a costume at all, but is a great dress. For me this fit true to what my size normally is. I originally sized up using the measurements but then needed to exchange for my usual size. Exchanging was quick and easy.
Jan 12, 2019
Katie
West salem Oh
US
Pioneer Dress
Excellent quality. Accurate sizing. Great value.
Jul 4, 2018
Grandma Cookie

US
Lovely dress
I purchased the print pioneer dress. It is so beautiful and I love the five button ribbon on the cuffs. I have received many compliments on this outfit.
Oct 4, 2017
Joyce
Redding Ca
US
Pioneer Dress
Well made. True to size.
Aug 7, 2015
Phoenix
Mountain View Ca
US
Very authentic
Loved this dress,, of good quality and great workmanship for a reasonable price. I put together a costume as a Presbyterian Church Lady for our Florida town's rededication of its Presbyterian Church founded in 1895 (and still standing.) I had only to add a dickey with a standup collar, add a cameo, black hat with egret feathers and granny boots for an authentic look. The dress fabric is a dull black sturdy cotton with decorative pleats and embroidery down the front. Very authentic -
Sep 22, 2013
Betty Bell
Dunnellon FL
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#3 Rated Dress
Cassandra Dress - Black and Gold

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Ladies Dresses and Suits Black Synthetic Lace Solid Lacy Floral |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Jack the Ripper Pirate

ITEM 005690

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 4 reviews

Fine costume
Great quality... I would have spent half this much on an el-cheapo tacky costume but I found Historical Emporium. I'm glad I did. Sure I paid more but I got a quality dress in style, detail and workmanship. Seems like they should have made it to show a little more up top skin though...this is extremely conservative in that regard. I'm big up top and I look flat. LOL
Jan 16, 2019
Mary
CO
Amazing
I bought this to have an extravagant dress for my 21st birthday. And it was beautiful. It came sooner than I even needed it to. It couldn't have been better.
Dec 17, 2015
Cassidy Shell
Alvaton Ke
US
Best Steampunk dress
The quality of this parcel is more than excellant. Fit extremely well and was comfortable. I was very impressed with the quality.
Aug 11, 2015
Hollie
Itasca IL
US
Flipping Fantastic
Exactly what we were looking for. Perfect for a saloon girl or soiled dove. Good construction...not a costume, but an actual garment.
Aug 21, 2014
Tim
Albuquerque NM
US

 

#4 Rated Dress
Cordelia Pioneer Dress - Wine

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Ladies Dresses and Suits Red Cotton Solid |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 002741

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 15 reviews

Cordelia Pioneer Dress
I have been buying clothes from Historical Emporium for a few years now, because of the high quality of workmanship!! Although I'm not always spot on with sizing, the fabrics used, cloth covered buttons and the attention to detail never disappoint. This dress is very comfortable to wear and looks great!!! For me, living in a hot climate, I would have maybe liked this dress to have a collar of some sort to protect my neck from the sun as I ride in my sulky!! Historical Emporium are a delight to order through with deliveries quite fast considering I live half way around the world from them!!!!!!! Thanks
Nov 13, 2019
SP Handcrafted Books
Airlie Beach Ql
AU
Beautiful Dress
This dress is so nice, fits perfect. Great for my costume for Helldorado in Tombstone!
Oct 9, 2019
Debbie
Lake Havasu City AZ
US
Nice
This dress is for my granddaughter and I hope she likes it. The material is a little heavier than I expected which is a good thing, will update when my granddaughter tries it on.
Oct 14, 2016
Mike
Lansford Pa
US
Great find
This dress is precious. It is extremely wearable and comfortable. I love the buttons all the way down the front! The color is lovely.
Sep 1, 2016
Liz
Garden Valley CA
US
Love my purchase!
I am thrilled with the quality of this dress. It is a perfect costume for "Miz Lottie" a sassy frontier woman. Great buy!
Sep 23, 2015
Anonymous

Cordelia Pioneer Dress
Very authentic. Like the real thing!! I am a book cover illustrator, and I often use costumes for the illustrations I do. This one worked out perfectly!
Mar 8, 2015
Brad F
Glendale CA
US
Cordelia Pioneer Dress
I have been looking at this dress for awhile. Had to get it. Wonderful color, quality and style. I'm sorry I waited so long.
Oct 20, 2014
Anonymous

Well-made and comfortable
I was not expecting this dress to be quite so beautiful as it is. The fabric hangs so perfectly and blows just great in the breeze, while still being very durable. One of the button holes needed reinforcing, since it kept coming open, but otherwise this dress is far better than I expected in all ways. And that is not to say I had low expectations, I just thought for the price, it was not going to be QUITE this nice.
Sep 19, 2014
Danielle
Oakland
Cordelia Pioneer Dress
I really like this dress. It looks like a dress from the 1830's. Next month I'll be wearing it along with the Muslin Bonnet in front of the Alamo in San Antonio. I'm part of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and we are doing a presentation to celebrate the independence of Texas from Mexico. The dress is made well and looks very authentic.
Feb 18, 2014
Jenny
San Antonio Te
US
Cordelia pioneer dress
This dress fit perfectly right. I am a size 10-12. I am a guest speaker for women's groups and it was just right for late 1800's topic.
Sep 14, 2013
Tea-Talks
St. Clair Shores MI
Perfect
Very happy with the pioneer dress, the fit was perfect, except I had to take up the shoulders, thankyou and I know I am going to enjoy wearing it to our annual Blockhouse opening of the locks in Merrickville, Ontario, Canada!
Aug 16, 2013
Cheryl
Perth On
CA
Pioneer Dress
I haven't tried it on but it looks great in person. Can't wait to wear it to a shoot.
Aug 9, 2012
Liz
Or
Gorgeous!
This is a very pretty and well-made dress! The price is great! I intend to wear this all the time. I'll be back for another color! Thanks Historical Emporium!
Jul 26, 2012
Vicki Kolbe
San Marcos CA
US
Cordelia Pioneer Dress
I had to buy a large when I usually wear medium. However, with alterations at the shoulder seams and shortening the sleeves, the dress fit me fine. The dress came down to my ankles since I am short. I wore it for the function for which I needed the dress - 1840s time period and receved several compliments both on the style and fit.
Mar 11, 2012
Anonymous

delighted
absolutley delighted with this dress, its well made and fits well, I wore it for a western festival and was asked many times where I had purchased it, I also purchased the planters hat and bloomers to complete the outfit really pleased and will certainly buy more outfits in the future.
Feb 18, 2011
lucy
England UK

 

#5 Rated Dress
Cassandra Dress - Brown Lace

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Ladies Dresses and Suits Brown Synthetic Lace Solid Lacy |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006299

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 4 reviews

Cassandra dress brown
It was exactly what I wanted!
May 17, 2019
Anonymous

Cassandra dress
I bought this for my girlfriend as part of her Halloween costume. I ordered it online and had it in four days, I was amazed. She loves it! it fits exactly as described and is beautiful. It was not expensive but the craftsmanship and quality is exceptional!
Sep 5, 2018
Jim Fife
Gibsonia PA
US
Cassandra
The dress is beautiful and very well constructed!
Jun 1, 2017
April
Leawood KS
US
EASY PEASY STEAMPUNK
I bought this dress for a steampunk party! Easiest costume ever! It looked GREAT paired with a hat and some high-heeled boots. You can't go wrong with this dress - it's a great easy costume you can mix and match to make a few great looks. Plus, the bodice is VERY forgiving. I sized up one size just for luck, and I am never worried about what I eat (or ate!) when I wear this dress. Love it!
Oct 23, 2015
Anna
San Jose CA

 

#6 Rated Dress
Cassandra Dress - Ivory

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Ladies Dresses and Suits Ivory Synthetic Lace Solid Lacy |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Frankenstein Phantom Christine Pirate

ITEM 005689

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Average Rating: 4.82/5.00 stars from 11 reviews

Nice Dress
I really like the style of this dress and it would have worked great for our "era" party fundraisers. However the color was listed as ivory and when I received it I thought the color was terrible. Not really ivory but a washed out tan/pink color. I returned it.
Dec 20, 2018
Madea
TN
US
Cassandra dress
The dress was delivered early which was great the dress is incredible it's so well made I love it fits great it is my wedding dress I get married in Oct this year love it
Aug 2, 2018
Michele
Nuthburg On
CA
Cassandra Dress
Love this little dress! Quality way better than expected for the price. Perfect for my Pirate wedding!
Jan 21, 2017
Bluemoon
Milton FL
US
Adjusts to fit!
Beautifully crafted dress with attention to detail. Of special note-- I am usually a medium in women's clothes. Due to my largest part... I am an extra large in this dress. Pay attention to the size chart when ordering. Once in the correct size according to the size chart--- the dress is fully and separately adjustable in the bust, waist, and hips with the satin corset lace in the back. May fit a variety of body types "just right".
Nov 23, 2016
Marcail
SAN Francisco Ca
US
Cassandra Dress
I purchased this for my daughter for a period costume event. The event has not happened yet, but am extremely pleased with the quality and the fit if the dress. We will shop here again.
Jun 24, 2016
Anonymous
Wy
US
Beautiful
The dress is beautiful, we'll made. Unfortunately it was too long for who it was for, fit perfectly other wise. (she's just real short :)
May 5, 2016
Brandon A Wark
Hammond OR
US
Cassandra Dress
I received the dress and it is way better looking then the picture. It will be the perfect dress for my old west wedding
Jan 10, 2016
Anonymous

US
the best money spent on a dress
The dress showed up sooner than expected, I was delighted just with how it looked on the hanger, as well as the quality. It fit wonderfully and was very comfortable. I have received a constant stream of compliments whenever I wear it as well. I love everything about this dress! It is beautiful, durable enough to be a regular wardrobe price and very flattering.
Sep 25, 2015
candace northrop
ogden Ut
love this dress!!!
I bought this to wear as my wedding dress. The sizes run a little small, but it looks amazing on. I absolutely love this dress and can't wait to wear it on my wedding day!!!
Mar 5, 2015
Tina Sorensen
Greeley CO
US
wow
This dress was purchased for my daughter's upcoming high school Prom. She absolutely loves it.It was even more beautiful than we thought it would be. The quality is outstanding and the fit was perfect. Her friends think it's great.She looks and feels beautiful,what more could a Mom ask for?!
Jan 10, 2015
mjb
cowansville qu
CA
Beautiful Dress!
I bought this dress for a part of my Halloween costume this year and LOVED it! Very pretty, very well-constructed and I felt well worth the money I spent. I actually found the same dress in another store for a much higher price after I had already purchased it. I received so many compliments. It was, however, sized I thought about one to two sizes small, but the corset works well so it was all A-OK. The shipping speed was also lightning fast! Great customer service!
Nov 4, 2014
Mary
Lindale TX
US

 

#7 Rated Dress
Cordelia Pioneer Dress - Navy

 Victorian Old West Ladies Dresses and Suits Blue Cotton Solid |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005999

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Perfect dress!
Absolutely what I was looking for a pioneer presentation.... Perfect for the non sewing person-me!
Nov 3, 2017
Jan Petersen
Elko NV
US
Authentic
Beautiful, authentic dress. We will be using it in an event at our History Park Museum.
Nov 30, 2016
Western Woman
Woodland Park
US
Beautiful!
True to size-chart size. I'm trading a medium for a small. (Size 4) It has lot's of material over-all, and is plenty long for 5'7".
Feb 19, 2016
Bren
Victoria MN
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#8 Rated Dress
Persephone Cap Sleeve Dress - Black

 Victorian Ladies Dresses and Suits Black Synthetic Print |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 004871

$49.95

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Average Rating: 4.86/5.00 stars from 7 reviews

Very nice
I loved the dress.
Jan 19, 2019
Princess
Cleveland GA
US
Lovely and Comfortable
I am delighted with the appearance and fit of this dress. Comfortable flowing fabric. I imagine the white might be a bit translucent, but the black is fine without a slip. Will probably by another if they come back in purple or blue. The front has laces that can be snugged a bit if desired and the back has a square neckline with elastic gathers on the bodice. Fits me well with 38" bust and 34" waist. BTW, I accidentally put it on backwards and it is actually kind of cute like that, looking more Regency.
Sep 1, 2017
Athene
Columbia MD
US
Lovely dress
I was very pleased with my order. The dress fit me perfectly and I loved how I looked in it.
Aug 11, 2016
Sheryl
Villa Rica ga
US
Persephone cap sleeve dress - black
for a one siz fits all small it was more a medium one size fits all. The dress is great
Jul 27, 2015
Della Greer
Saskatoon Sa
CA
Persephone cap sleeve dress
Persephone cap sleeve dress was gorgeous! Absolutely love it, fit perfect.
Nov 3, 2014
Aztxtq
Sterling Ks
US
Great Dress
I bought this dress because I was going to be a guide for a Victorian House tour. It arrived on time, fit great, and was very comfortable.
Aug 11, 2014
Barbara
Georgetown Co
beautiful party costume
wearing it to a Downton Abby party = is perfect!!!
Aug 9, 2013
patsy
Appleton WI
US

 

#9 Rated Dress
Lucille Walking Suit - Black

 Victorian Old West Ladies Dresses and Suits Black Cotton Print |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005310

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 7 reviews

Beautiful Dress, worth the investment!
I was impressed with the quality of the dress. I had a Wild West themed event to attend and this dress was perfect. I am sure I will make good use of it. I bought the white lace up boots to finish off the look.
Dec 9, 2019
Perla
Rancho Santa... CA
US
Black Walking Suit
I love this outfit! The materials and laces used are quality and the dress is well made. The outfit is perfect for the Dickens Christmas event in our town. I'll have a lot of fun wearing this for our bell choir event!
Oct 31, 2019
Tess
Wellsboro Pa
US
Wonderully made
My husband particpates in an Annual Gentlemen's Motorcycle ride and I wanted an outfit that would match his look. This suit is beautifully made. Since we live in Colorado and have lot's of red dirt and dust, I expect the white ruffles will quickly get dirty and will probably add some black ruffles to the bottom hem. I have to admit I only own one white tank top and that is it for that color here! Did I say my husband loves me in this??
Sep 20, 2019
Liz
Colorado Springs Co
US
Walking Suit
Exactly as I had expected. Size fit perfect. Delivery on time. Easy ordering. Well-made.
Oct 6, 2018
Barb
FL
US
high quality, great value
I'm a man, years ago for Galveston's Dickens on the Strand, my late wife got one of these in brown, and I got a merchant outfit - the frock coat, vest, top hat, etc. This year, a new lady friend of mine and I decided to be a little wacky for the Houston Museum of Natural Science Halloween party. My late wife's outfit was a pinch too tight, so I got this for me. I was an 1880's lady sheriff, handcuffs, etc, I tell everyone how well made, authentic and comfortable the clothes are and hope to get more friends to buy from you as we all go to Dickens this year. People are used to stuff from Party City or those temporary Halloween stores and are really impressed with high class stuff and are of an age that we can spend a little more on fun. (but I'm done with any gender bender til next Halloween)
Nov 8, 2017
proczach
Houston TX
US
Lucille walking suit
Love dress. Size ran big
Apr 11, 2015
Anonymous

The dress feels natural
I do not and have not worn a dress in many, many years, but I really enjoyed putting this dress on along with the Hoop Underskirt. I am a short person and both the Skirt and the Hoop Underskirt will need to have some adjustment done to the length but otherwise, I am very happy with them. I ordered a size larger than I normally wear but it may be I actually do wear the size I ordered. I am excited to actually put it on for the Christmas parade this weekend. Thank you very much for having the Vintage Clothing available for purchase. I will continue to shop and buy as the need arises.
Dec 9, 2014
nancot
Bartlesville Ok
US

 

#10 Rated Dress
Lucille Walking Suit, Royal

 Victorian Old West Ladies Dresses and Suits Blue Cotton Print |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 002343

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Average Rating: 4.79/5.00 stars from 28 reviews

Great purchase
Good quality, is as described and pictured. I love it!
Oct 3, 2019
Anonymous

Very pleased with this product!
Ordered this dress because I would not have had time to make it myself. Was very pleased with the quality & workmanship! The fabric has a really nice feel to it, is a good weight, & the structure of the dress is very detailed & finished off very well. The color & print is beautiful & there is a lot of fabric in the skirt! I will wear it with a hoop slip underneath! Can't wait to wear it for our upcoming party!
Mar 9, 2017
Stacy R.
MN
Pleased
I love this dress. It's perfect for the Victorian events I want to wear it to. It's in 2 pieces; so as I lose weight I can simply fold and sew the waist line and it's hidden under the top. I can also add a few chains and swap out my hat, shoes and bag and I have a Victorian Steampunk outfit. It's absolutely perfect for all the events I have planned for the next year.
Jan 21, 2017
Sylvan
Lompoc CA
US
The dress fits like a glove
Oct 13, 2016
Linda
Sausalito CA
US
Pretty but sizing off
I ordered this suit for a murder mystery dinner fundraiser that was set in Old West days. I won the best dressed award! It is a pretty suit. However, the sizing is really off so bear that in mind when ordering. I had read another review that the skirts run small so I ordered a size larger than I normally wear so the skirt would fit (it did) but then the top was way too big! So, skirt ran small, top ran way big. It would be nice if you could order the pieces indidually so that both would fit correctly.
Oct 7, 2016
Carol
Il
US
Great Dress
Very nice material and beautiful pattern. I'm 5'4" and 148 lbs and it fit beautifully. The length of the skirt will adjusted but is simply a matter of rolling up the waistband without need for any tailoring. This looks wonderful and will be fun to accessorize for our Old West parties and reenactments.
Jun 16, 2016
SCH
Annapilis MD
US
Great Outfit
This outfit is the hit of our play. It is beautifully constructed. The material is high quality. It is just beautiful. Because it is all cotton, I would recommend ordering the next size larger if planning to wash and dry yourself.
Apr 21, 2016
SAMI
Alston GA
US
Was a hit!
I was invited to a party with an 'Old West" Theme. The site of the party was in a historic home with its own saloon. My dress was era perfect and a hit with all the guests. I loved the fit and quality of the dress. Found it to be very comfortable and flattering. Thanks for helping to me to 'fit' in and stand out!
Mar 28, 2016
Nanette
Burbank CA
US
First Rate Quality
Beautifully made. We were very impressed.
Oct 29, 2015
No NamesPlease
Springfield MO
US
Lucille walking suit
The outfit was great. It was easy to wear and I got a lot of comments when I wore it to our World War I commemoration.
May 15, 2015
Deborah Kemp
Secret Harbour WA
AU
dress
Well even though I measured it is too big, I had hoped to move the buttons but a sewing friend says no. I had to leave town the day after recieivng it so haven't returned it yet since the event it is needed for isn't till August should be okay only need the next size down. Having said that the dress is well made, all you tall people don't worry I am 5' 7" and it is way too long but since it has an elastic waist can pull it up so no problem. Very gererous in the bust which is where my problem is that I need another smaller size. Alsa since haven't been able to actually wear it can't say more
Jun 14, 2013
Viv
Surrey BC
CA
Great Quality
Great quality and they got here to PA really quickly. My wife is pretty discerning when it comes to her costumes and she was really pleased. She is 5'1" and the two piece design worked well, no need for alterations.
Jun 2, 2013
Old Vic Torian

Lucille Walking Suit, Royal
It fits perfectly! A little long but by turning the waist band once, I didn't even need to shorten it. Better quality than I was expecting.
May 10, 2013
Bonnie Guthrie
Silverthorne CO
US
Lucille Walking Suit
I am very happy with the Lucille Walking Suit. I am only 5ft, 3" and it is a little too long for my height, but I am able to hem it and it will be perfect for my purpose. I model vintage era clothing with a group of ladies and we donate all the proceeds to charity. The color is beautiful!
Mar 10, 2013
Blanche J. Vohland
Moraga CA
US
Outstanding Walking Suit
This is as always from you an outstanding and very nice outfit.... My wife really likes it and is very happy with it and of course so am I..... Thank you for your outstanding service also......
Mar 1, 2013
Glenn L. Rose
Farmersville Te
US

 

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