Monday, April 2, 2012

Turn of the Century Black Lace Dress

From the seller:



For your consideration, I have a most exquisite 1800's full black Chantilly lace mourning dress. This is an 1800's Victorian corset jacket fully covered in Chantilly Lace with a matching bustle back hoop skirt covered in layers of black Chantilly as well. The jacket was too small for my mannequin which is why you are able to see her chest. The ruffled bodice is covering this area...normally the jacket would hook up the front. It is lined in polished cotton and has a total 11 corset stays sewn in place. There is a beautiful jet black silk waist sash that wraps around the jacket with side bow for adornment. This silk ribbon measures an impressive 2.5 inches wide and is in wonderful condition. The spectacular bustle back hoop skirt has tons and tons of layers of lace in the rear so there is plenty or room for your wire cage bustle. I have taken photos with a white petticoat to show the incredible lace pattern throughout the whole piece. The skirt is lined in a polished cotton. There is a single large size early hook and eye at the back waist for closure. There is a spectacular 10 inch wide black Chantilly Lace lower ruffle flounce along the skirt's hemline....this is a beauty!

The following flaws are noted:

There is some lace damage on the jacket's sleeve elbow area. There are small netted holes about the jacket. The lower skirt has a large lace tear right side, several quarter size holes and many tiny net lace holes. This is a most gorgeous display piece and this damage is not seen when on the mannequin. If you plan to wear this, you will definitely need to address the lace damage. When you consider the many tucks in the bustle back area you will note that there is yards and yards of most exquisite Chantilly Lace. it would be a crime to dismantle this gorgeous antique 1800's Victorian mourning set but the lace can be used for other projects. This ensemble is a piece of fashion history that should be kept as it was found or restored for a museum . The white hoop skirt used to take the photos is NOT included in the auction.

This amazing piece of vintage clothing measures as follows:


Bust: 30 inches

Waist: 24 inches

Underarm to lower hemline: 9 inches

Underarm to sleeve end: 18 inches

Bustle skirt

Waist: 24 inches

Hips: full bustle

Side seam: 44 inches

Just a most gorgeous 1800's Victorian corset jacket with matching bustle hoop skirt for serious collectors and dealers of antique clothing !

From Me:

This is not 1800's or Victorian. This lovely is from the early 1900's and Edwardian. Look at that start of a pigeon front and imagine this with a wonderful s-bend corset. I really would love to see a broach near the neck on this gorgeous gown.

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