Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lilac accented Edwardian Outfit

From the seller:

This auction is for a most exquisite antique late 1800's , early 1900's Victorian 2 piece dress which is a Museum de-accessioned piece with id tag 4792 . Gorgeous fabric combinations with touches of lilac silk , off white silk satin and mint green silk velvet incorporated with a lovely off white sheer fabric embroidered with lilac colored silk flowers.

The corset jacket features a beautiful lace collar. Matching black Chantilly lace inserts grace the jacket sleeves and upper back. Silk twist black ribbon trellis inserts adorn the bodice front and upper back shoulders. The bodice front features ruched ivories silk with draping mint green bands of silk velvet. Early hook and eye closure up the front. The bustle back skirt is of a matching embroidered fabric with a double lower ruffled flounce. Hook & eye closure in back with skirt supporters in place. Matching black floral Chantilly lace inserts are found just above the flounce. Tons of gathers in the rear to accomodate your wire cage bustle and hoop skirt. It is in exceptional condition for it's very early age but the corset jacket does need some restoration. The lining is comprised of both lilac silk and polished cotton. The silk is shattering and will need replacement. This also affects around the neckline so you will need to address this silk edging as well. The lace collar needs some stitching to mend where the large lace meets the fabric. Some of the lace will need restitching and a few have some slight net lace tears. Overall this is in amazing condition for it's age. Very little issues with staining....a light spot here or there. A gorgeous display piece if you are not handy. This elegant, genuine 1800's two piece ensemble measures as follows:

Bust: 32 inches

Waist: 20 inches

Underarm to sleeve end: 18 inches


Waist: 22 inches

Hips: full bustle back

Waist to lower hemline: 41 inches

From Me:

Not a bustle back at all. This is part of the s-curve phase. The pigeon front and lack of puff sleeves indicate a date from the 1900's. The "smart" looking collar and the overall styling are probably right around 1904. Very Edwardian.

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