Monday, October 17, 2011

Beautiful Visiting Bustle Dress

From the seller:

Please be sure to scroll down as there are lots of photos. This auction is for a spectacular original circa 1880s lady's luscious patterned chocolate brown on brown silk faille brocade two piece bustled traveling gown/dress. A lined and 4 stayed mandarin collared long fitted jacket like / basque bodice that has a stunning and quite rare 18 "ALL" matching brown gold etched glass button closure. Drop shoulders w/  full  long sleeves decorated with beautiful 4" wide tightly pleated cuffs that are finished with solid brown silk pleated trim all while also being decorated with a small front watch/chatelain pocket on the left front. The very attractive back is a  V constructed and decorated with 2 open 5" x 6" pockets trimmed with matching solid brown silk; centering these two pockets is vertical tabs trimmed with brown silk trim and two buttons matching the front closure. Although the bodice is quite stunning the highlight of this gown truly is the so very detailed, quite decorated and meticulously sewn skirt. The emphasis is not only in the back as usual of the decade it is on both front and back of this fitted polanaise styled skirt.  The front is created by a draping effect that is centered with a vertical smocking gathering that travels down to a very lovely border of individual arrow tabs all that are trimmed with same solid brown silk. An 8" long various width pleated underskirt that completely surrounds the hem. Both sides also having a layered appearance is designed with wide tucks that are trimmed with gorgeous looped and corded passementerie and long dangling fringe.  A full wide bustled and draping very billowy back panel that is also trimmed with the matching brown silk pleated border.  Approx Measurements are Bodice; 35"bust, 16" shoulder to shoulder, 23" mid shoulder to hem, 23" waist, Skirt; waist 24", top of waistband to front hem is 40" and to back hem is 42". In very good , very clean and quite sound condition, there is very faint organic underarm marks and two small period repairs on the right side of bodice. I must admit this gown is much prettier and has so much more detailing than I can describe and my photos just cannot do it justice. An overall a superb example of the oppulent 1880s era. Will be a stunning display and could easily be worn if you are fortunate enough to have slender figure.

From Me:

This is so gorgeous!  I had to share this one due to all the details in the dress.

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