Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lilac Bustle Era Ball Gown

From the seller:

Lavender silk brocade ball gown bodice c. 1880.

This beautiful bodice is lined in lilac silk twill and fully boned in metal with the bones marked Lacures Parisienne. The front laces closed with tiny hand finished eyelets over a 2 inch (5.5 cm) modesty panel and a drawstring neckline adjusts the fit. The back panels extend into a graceful fishtail with clips on the back to attach to a skirt. Very typical for this period, an excellent study garment. The waist tape of the bodice reads: "Guery Faussatz Robes & Confections Rue Marceau St Amand Cher."

bust: 34 inches (86.5 cm)
waist: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

The included underskirt probably was not originally associated with this bodice. It is a beautiful mauve silk twill, with a knife pleated ruffle at the hem. Hem is stiffened with 6 1/2 inch (16.5 cm) band of crinoline. Skirt trains slightly and has a kick pleat at center back.

waist: 25 inch (63 cm)
length at center front: 37 inches (94 cm)

Condition fair with some discoloration. Some rust damage to bones in bodice.

From Me:

It looks positively modern from the front but very 1880's in the back. :-)

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