Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wonderful lace early Edwardian gown

From the seller:

This auction is for an absolutely gorgeous antique 1800's black lace dress. Being sold as-is...this would be wonderful used as a display piece on a mannequin at shows or in a is too fragile to be worn in it's current needs restoration work. This was most likely a bustle back dress as there is tons of fabric in the back. This beautiful early Victorian gown features the most spectacular soutache trimmed train, bodice front and back. The top is corseted with a total of four sewn in stays. There is early hook & eye closure up the back both the silk lining and netted lace. The top liner is an ivory silk so that one could appreciate the netted lace and soutache detail. This was quite something in it's day and was worn by a woman of substancial means. The dress comes in three parts...the lined bodice corset top, a shattered silk skirt lining and the spectacular black lace skirt. If you are going to use this as a fashion display piece you will want a new's too fragile for use. All of the soutache trim is in wonderful condition. The dress and bodice netted lace does have tearing to mend. There is no waistband. Because this cannot be worn, I will not offer measurements, but am happy to provide any measurements serious bidders may need. It is shown on a size 8 mannequin.  An exciting winter restoration project to ready for the spring shows!

From me: 

This is very much an exquisite early 1900's pigeon bodice lace dress.  The fact that it's a wearable size is just the cherry on top. 

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