Monday, August 5, 2013

Edwardian Wedding Gown

From the seller:

Stunning! heavy silk satin wedding gown dating to the last quarter of the 19thc. Probably couture and French but no labels! This was a very privileged bride. Bodice with center and side closure with stays, neckline with knife pleat tissue chiffon and high neck in hand Brussels lace, poofy short sleeves with chiffon rosettes. Skirt with very wide sash coming up high up on the waist, huge bow at the back with hook and eye closure, fully lined in silk, yards and yards of very expensive best quality silk satin, with chiffon tassels and ruffled flounce, interior Valenciennes lace dust ruffle, beautiful French dress making details thruout, with interior tapes back of skirt. Has a few issues, the neckline pleat chiffon has splits, the silk lining of the bodice has breaks, and the lining of the skirt is shattering, has pea sized stain front of bodice, underarms excellent, one small discoloration front of skirt, no other stains!. The exterior silk satin and chiffon is excellent. Weighs nearly 10 lbs! Chest 32", waist 22", length of skirt in front 43" with the train at back 78".

From Me:

Although puffy sleeves typically do mean 1890's, short puffy sleeves almost always mean 1900's (0r 1830's or 1820' get the idea). The way the bodice is crossed in the back, the styling in the front, and the way the trim stops in the front to give a faux "forepart" area is all very consistent with the late 1900's.

Another gown from around the same time in a museum

A 1907 Fashion plate showing a similar waistline and high neckline.

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