Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Late Teens Metallic Gown

From the seller:
This Edwardian Titanic era gold lace silk lamé brocade mink evening gown dress dates from 1912. It is made of a gold and cream color silk lamé brocade fabric skirt, with a sheer off white net and gold metallic embroidered lace overlay done in a rococo scrolling floral pattern design. There is mink fur trim edging and a large rhinestone buckle trim accent at the waist. This opulent elegant evening gown dress is floor length, with V necklines, layered short sleeves, belted waistband, peplum skirt over dress and fitted hobble skirt, with front drape, weighted hemline and slight back train. It is fully lined in silk, with hook & eye closures down the back. The gown was custom made, measures 58 inches long in the front, 64 inches long in the back, with a 30 inch waist and 34 inch bust. It is in as-is fair condition and could use some restoration. There are a few breaks, frays in the net along the shoulders, sleeve bottoms and the side skirt (see close-ups). The inside white silk chiffon lining is frayed, splitting. This is truly a rare and wonderful piece of wearable Titanic textile art!

From Me:

Nope, not Titanic era. This, instead, is WWI era. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw this wearably sized beauty on Downton Abbey. Which, of course, will be back on the air for all of us North American types on Jan 8th. Do you have your DVR ready? (So you can pause and drool over the outfits, of course!)

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