Friday, November 23, 2012

What all other Wedding Gowns wish they were













From the seller:


Impressive and really quite magnificent French 3 piece ivory silk faille reception/wedding gown dating to the third quarter of the 19thc. A marvel of fine French dress making construction and hand stitching, fascinating details through out all three pieces and made in the finest materials. With labels both on the waist petersham and the interior of one of the skirt's waist band, that reads "Grands Magasins, Rue de la Paix".

"Les Grands Magasins du Louvre, initially Les Galeries du Louvre, a department store in Paris, was founded in 1855, three years after its competitor, Le Bon Marche." sold luxury goods, fine silks and gowns (from Wikipedia)

Fitted bodice with fine silk lining and stays, button front, silk cord soutash trimmings on bodice and overskirt, hand lace ruffle along shoulders, padded chest, big pagoda sleeves. Overskirt with polonaise interior ties, complicated side draping with soutash trimming and tassels, hook and eye all present. Underskirt with gathered area in the rear to accommodate the bustle, with more unknown function ties, skirt is unlined with deep interior silk facing hem that is stiffened, extravagantly long train. All three pieces in very good uncleaned antique condition, underarm's sound, no holes, scattered tiny clusters of storage foxing? see images, the silk interfacing has come loose in an area of the interior just a simple mend. Beautiful example perfect for collection. Chest 32', waist 20" on the bodice the skirt's waist measure 22" ". Underskirt length in front 41" with train 66".



From Me:

This is beyond lovely. I love everything about it. I'm leaning more towards late 1860's than 1870's but know that it's from *somewhere* in there.

1 comment:

  1. I'd say 1868-1873. So gorgeous! You are correct: every wedding gown is envious of this one. :)

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