Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Heavily Beaded Edwardian Evening Dress

From the seller:

Antique 1800s formal dress, black with jet, beads, sequin, lace and velvet detail
Owned by the daughter of the American Consulate to Germany - worn at embassy functions in the late 1800s
Estimated size 2 to 4 - please see exact measurements below
Dress details:
Full length; 3/4 long sleeves; train; satin lining
Lace overlay at neck and sleeves; bead- and sequin-trimmed lace with velvet trim over entire dress
Tasseled bead strands at both sides from chest height to waist; another set at end of hem in back
Wide black silk cumberbund; large black faceted buttons and beads in back
Many, many hooks and eyes in the back; cumberbund has additional hooks and eyes; definitely need a lady in waiting to get into this one
Covered stays at torso
Short train in back
Velvet trim at hem
Two layers of sheer gray gauze on top of double-layer underskirt - velvet trim on inside of hem
Some small areas have faded to brown - example: 7th photo, back bottom of skirt
Velvet trim in front is loose - 8th photo
I did not see any popped beads or sequins but since there are thousands of them on this dress, surely a few are missing
No odors - smoke-free home
Chest 26"
Waist 21"
Sleeve from shoulder down 17" including lace
Shoulder to shoulder 12 1/2"
Length in front 53"
Length with train 64"

From Me:

Titanic Era Evening Dress....take a look at that waist detail. I swear it looks like a dragon fly go beaded to her dress. :-D

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