Friday, October 14, 2011

Edwardian Gown Purple

From the seller:

This is an Interesting Vintage Antique Titanic Era Dress from the 1910’s!!
LABEL: none (there is a name “Goodall” that is written in pencil on the inside of the waist corset)
Fabric: Skirt is of a light-weight silk … mauve in colour.  Bodice is of layers of sheer netting and lace …  light-weight … bottom layers are ecru in colour – top layer is blue and green in colour.
Design: bodice has three layers – first of simple netting – second of lace – third of netting again … v-neckline … floral embroidery down center front bodice with metallic thread and white beads … full short sleeves with drawn work towards outer cuffs … silk waistband with diamond section at center back bodice and fixed bow at right side … long silk skirt with many gathers and asymmetrical pleating … closes with metal snaps and hooks down center front bodice – inner waistband – along silk across waist – and down right side of skirt. 
Fair to Poor Vintage Condition. In many ways , this dress is a hot mess. However , the design makes this dress worth the pattern. It would be excellent for a student of fashion , study, or a collector. The dress has a storage smell (not mildew – perhaps the owner was a smoker?) … missing beads … breaks in the lace and netting … extreme discoloration of the silk skirt (looks almost tie-dyed) … few slits in the silk of the skirt.
Modern size: Small
Bust: 34”
Waist: 22”
Hips: 36”
Length: 57”

From Me: 

This is a wonderful Titanic era gown.   It's just layers upon layers of lace in the bodice with a beautiful purple silk skirt.  Although the discoloration is bothersome, the fact the silk is still intact and not shattered is great.   A great gown from that time.

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