Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Early Edwardian Pastel Pink Gown
From the seller:
A beautiful example of the Gibson Girl fashion, this vintage two-piece dress was made by an excellent seamstress. The gown is made of silk chiffon and embellished using smocking and pleating techniques. The bodice, in the pigeon-breasted style, is trimmed with a ribbon of roses and leaves along the entire neckline and is lined with a built-in, embroidered camisole. The skirt is fashioned in tiers of the same silk chiffon and ends in a demure train. The skirt is designed to hook into the top to give the gown the appearance of one piece. Both pieces close with hooks and eyes down the back.
All measurements are approximate, taken with the garment lying flat on the ground
Length Front (waist to floor): 43"
Length Back (waist to floor): 51"
The bodice has a number of pinholes in the front near the neckline, which are pictured in an above photo. Other than that, the fabric is sturdy and in good condition. The skirt has a few more issues: the lining is starting to shatter, there are a couple of soil spots and one area that was repaired at some point (see photos). I didn't notice any pinholes in the skirt, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few. Overall, a beautiful piece that could be worn (if you're small enough) or would make a beautiful display.
The sleeveless thing threw me off for a second but I think this is a summertime ballgown. The pigeon front is readily apparent.