Tuesday, November 22, 2011

1890's Purple Dress

From the seller:
A rare FRENCH Couture evening gown from 1890's bought at famous Bonhams Auction:14th July 1978 Lot 147!

This Opulent gown is made of the most pleasing Royal Purple silk faille.

The bodice has a low-cut lace-edged evening neckline with large puffy Muton sleeves.

The sleeves have large velvet cuffs in matching color.

The cuffs have Van-dyke turns & each adorned with large hand emroidered button.

Each of the large button has three pink flowers in the center with green foliage.

Buttons are trimmed with gold Bullion threads(see close-up).

The bodice front is adorned with fine cream tulle.

The front opening is edged with purple velvet trim and adorned with three buttons on each side.

The bodice has a pointed waistline which is trimmed with double rows of velvet.

The back waist is has two medium size buttons.

The bodice is fully boned with 11 stays, fully lined with white cotton & silk underarm guards.

It closes with alternative brass hooks/eyes & has an inner belt closes with a large metal buckle.

The couture label,"Robes el Moaes.. Carrie Souter" with royal Emblem is woven on the belt.

The graceful gored, Bell-shape skirt is simple yet elegant & has a large train in the back.

It is unlined & secure with a series of large early snaps & hooks/eyes.

The skirt is made from the matching silk faille & bells beautifully from the waist down.

Each side of the hem has three strips of velvet with three different size buttons to match the bodice(see pic).

The hem of the skirt is lined with purple Coduroy hem protector.

The entire skirt can be worn over layers of elegant lace patticoats.

The entire gown is skillfully & masterfully cut with lots of hand deatil throughout.

The bodice measures 13" across the shoulders, 33" bust, 23" waist & 12" long sleeves. The skirt measures 22" waist, 44"in back length.

The gown is in very good presentable condition, the only flaw is of fragile tulle which need to be replaced.

Otherwise purple fabric is still soft and supple.

A Unique hard to find Opulent French couture gown from 1890's! A beautiful Example!

See photos for part of the description and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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