Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stunning Edwardian Wedding Dress













From the seller:

Dieses Nachmittags- oder Empfangskleid ist ein Traum aus Battenburg-Spitze, Seide, Tüll und Dekorations-Quasten. Hergestellt und getragen wurde das zweiteilige antike Kleid um das Jahr 1904 in den Vereinigten Staaten. Das Kleid stammt aus einem amerikanischen Museum. Die Museumsinventurnummern am Taillenband des Rockes und am Oberteil weisen darauf hin. Das Kleid ist überaus verspielt und aufwendig gefertigt. Mit der Battenburg-Spitze sind kleinere und größere Blättermotive gestaltet. Hoher Stehkragen. Dreiviertel lange Ärmel, die mit Tüll verziert sind. Hängende Zierelemente am Oberteil und am Rock aus Seide. Quasten runden diese Dekoration ab. Beim Gehen sollten sich alle diese Zierelemente bewegen und so dem Kleid „Lebendigkeit“ verleihen. Der Rock läuft in einer Schleppe aus. Sehr guter Erhaltungszustand. Der Tüll wirkt leicht angestaubt. Das Unterfutter des Rockes ist wohl erneuert worden. Kleinste Risse in der Spitze. Die Dekoration ist nicht inbegriffen.
Bust: ~ 80 cm
Waist: ~ 58 cm
Front Length: ~ 140 cm
Back Length: ~ 170 cm


From Google Translate:

This afternoon or reception dress is a dream of Battenburg lace, silk, tulle and tulle. The second-tiered dress was produced and worn around the year 1904 in the United States. The dress comes from an American museum. The museum's record numbers on the waistband of the skirt and on the top indicate this. The dress is extremely playful and elaborately crafted. The Battenburg lace features smaller and larger leaves. High stand-up collar. Three-quarter long sleeves decorated with tulle. Hanging decorative elements on the top and skirt of silk. Tassels complete this decoration. When walking, all these decorative elements should move and give the dress "liveliness". The skirt runs in a train. Very good condition. The tulle is slightly dusty. The lining of the skirt has probably been renewed. Smallest tears in the tip. The decoration is not included.
Bust: ~ 80 cm
Waist: ~ 58 cm
Front Length: ~ 140 cm
Back Length: ~ 170 cm


From Me:

So this dress was up at Augusta Auctions back in November. It reminds of a dress here that is probably from about 1903/1904. The faux bolero style was completely out of vogue by the time 1905 rolls around. The reason I believe this is a wedding gown are the amazing braids and rosettes on it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stunning Edwardian Dinner Dress WARNING: PICTURE OVERLOAD!!!

From the seller:

There is just so much to write about these pieces, I could go on for hours... but I'll let the photos speak for themselves. An exceptional composition from lace, tulle, velvet, rhinestones and beads. Label on the bodice inner waistband (petersham): “Robes & Lingerie * Marc Walter * 3 Place Vendome * Paris”. His immediate neighbours were: Doucet, Beer, Worth. Rightly as this dress shows. The dress is in excellent condition. Only the silk lining is torn in some places. But it's rare to find those that aren't all torn up. The decoration is not included.
Bust: ~ 36"
Waist: ~ 27"
Skirt Length: ~ 58" (back measure)
Bodice Length: ~ 16" (back measure)


From Me:

I went to the webpage where this dress can also be found for the much larger and more numerous photos.  I want to make sure that if anyone wants to recreate this beauty, they can.  The pictures are from Antique Dress which I'm sure most of you know about.

I think this dress is slightly before 1904, more likely 1904. This is based on the sleeves. The fitted at the shoulders but voluminous at the cuff, then gathered into the fitted cuff look (known as the bishop sleeve) was very popular in 1902 and almost completely disappeared in 1903.

1902 Fashion Plate

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Gorgeous 1930's Day Dress








From the seller:

Gorgeous dress from the 20s / 30s.
Sexy but demure at the same time.
Feather weight netting in a floral print.
Panels and tucking create a beautiful silhouette.
Scarf sleeves attach at bust and st center back.
Deep v front and back.
Side snap closure
Gored skirt for movement when walking.
Figure hugging.
Would have most likely had a nude colored slip but long since gone missing. Pair it with one of your own or layer it over a body suit for a more modern kick.
Excellent condition. Minor under arm yellowing. No rips.
Measures 38.26.38. Some stretch. 


From Me:

This would love lovely with a light natural slip beneath it to bring out the floral print. Very much 1930's in style.

1937 Pattern