Thursday, December 22, 2011

Edwardian Black Dress

From the seller:
Offered for auction today is this wonderful antique black silk taffeta gown with ruffled underskirt or petticoat most likely dating to the late 1800's or the Victorian era. This handsome gown measures about 34" at the waist and about 44" at the bust. The gown appears to be made out of a tone on tone black silk taffeta material. The underskirt has a double ruffle and is made out of a slightly different fabric. The bodice of the dress is heavily embellished with lace netting and embroidery. It has a cummerbund type waist band with tiny silk covered buttons. The skirt and sleeves are also adorned with beautiful black embroidered lace. Unfortunately this dress has some serious condition issues and is in need of restoration. The fabric has a lot of rips and tears throughout the garment. Sadly, the dyes used in the old black fabrics cause the fabrics to weaken and break down over the years and that is what has happened here. Overall the dress is intact but fragile with many areas of damage. It could be used for display or you could take it apart and recycle the lace, buttons, etc. A rare find at a great price! Good luck bidding!

From Me:

This is not Victorian, but Edwardian. The skirt decoration and the bodice style are both indications of the Edwardian style. My guess is around 1908 give or take a couple of years.

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