Saturday, January 18, 2014

1870's Wedding Gown

From the seller:

Victorian Ivory silk Bengaline Wedding Gown w Draped Skirt & Extra Long Train SM

This lovely Victorian gown is made from ivory silk bengaline. The bodice has a Rochester NY dressmaker on the petersham, it's lined in polished cotton and has bones in the seam, the buttons are self covered, 5 of the buttons are missing. It had lace around the collat and sleeves, but is missing and it has very light, small spots on one side of the bodice. It measures 32 3/4 inches around the bust, waist is 21 1/2 inches, across the back shoulder is 11 inches and from shoulder to the center front point is 21 inches long. The skirt is on a waistband, the front of the draped and it has a wide and extra long, wide train. The skirt is lined with cotton and has an embroidered lace ruffle around the bottom of the inside hem. It measures 22 inches around the waist (can move hooks and eyes to make it little bigger, needs 1 hook), hips are full, it's 41 inches long in front and 90 inhces long. Some spots on the lining around the hem, but overall very clean, just needs some trim around the collar and cuffs, excellent vintage condition.

From Me:

Although normally I'm rather against saying that something is a wedding gown just because it's white/ivory and Victorian, I feel pretty sure that that is exactly what this dress happens to be. Probably about 1873 or so.


  1. What an over-the-top gown! The train is almost obscene. ;-)

    If it wasn't a wedding gown, it might have been a court presentation gown if it's from England... I can't quite read the label.

    1. Rochester, NY - so most likely a wedding gown. :-D