Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beautiful Ice Blue Edwardian Gown

From the seller:

Edwardian Gown for Display or Restoration

The heavy embroidery on this 1908 China blue silk charmeuse gown is absolutely amazing and covers nearly the entire bodice. The embroidered pieces are inserted into the blue silk, which was cut away to receive the Mandarin-inspired panels. The panels themselves feature thick, multicolored embroidery with a Japanese maple and chrysanthemum motif that was completely hand sewn and possibly imported into France from Asia for this high society gown. The neck is a light ivory net and features horizontal banding with matching silk soutache as an accent, and features several layers to add interest. The interior layer of the bodice is ivory tissue silk. Braided buttons decorate the bodice front, skirt, shoulders, and asymmetrical back belt.

The taffeta dress lining is completely shredded. I was going to tear it out but then noticed the original owner had written in the lining so I ended up spending a week painstakingly taping any remaining shreds back together! My husband even told the kids, "I haven't seen your mother in a week because of all that taping." Only the LINING is taped in case you want to use it as a pattern -- not the dress! You could remove the taped lining and with a little work (attaching the underskirt to the overskirt) have a beautiful, wearable, unique Edwardian gown.

Bust: 31"
Waist: 22"
Hip: 33"
Length: 49", with train 63"

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