Saturday, December 7, 2013

Edwardian Evening Gown

From the seller:

This magnificent ensemble was worn to a White House reception by Mrs. Isham of Chicago in 1909 when William Howard Taft was president. Both the dress and cape come with an old hand written note. The dress is made of beige velvet and white silk chiffon. The bodice is elaborately trimmed with gold metallic lace, blue satin ribbon and rhinestone and bugle beading. The skirt is partly made of velvet, a tier of beaded net lace and white chiffon. The bodice is lined with silk and the skirt is also lined with silk. The dress has a back hook and eye closure. It comes with a separate velvet belt. The cape is made of light blue silk. The label reads Importer Mme. Nailae Mogabgab Fifth Ave, New York. The front of the cape is decorated with two wide bands of silver lame fabric tat is decorated with blue and silver beading. The cape is decorated with three silver tassels. The cape is lined with white satin. The ensemble is in very good condition. The dress has a couple of tiny pea size age spots, one 2 ½ inch drip mark on the velvet fabric. There is a thin line of underarm discoloration. The white chiffon fabric has some light discoloration. (See Photo.) The lining inside the bodice has some splitting and the blue satin ribbon trim has some splitting. The cape has a couple of tiny age spots. There is a mild musty smell for being packed away in the trunk for so many years. Dress Measurements Bust 34 Waist 24 ½ Skirt length 36 Cape: One Size Fits All. A beautiful ensemble that has great documentation.

From Me:

What the seller said. :-)

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