Thursday, May 15, 2014

1890's Fancy Dress SLEEVES OF AWESOMENESS!!!!








From the seller:

DESCRIPTION:

Whimsical and fancy French Belle Epoque ombre dyed silk velvet bodice with lace cased detailing. Beautiful French dressmaking craft and aesthetic thruout. Lined and stayed in black silk, printed label on the petersham. With gathered jabot in the ombre velvet at front, giant pouf sleeves culminating in the black lace, this same lace casing the bodice both front and back. In excellent antique condition. Chest measures approx. 34", waist 24", length 15", sleeves 23".



From Me:

Although technically it's variegated or ombre velvet and not tied dyed velvet, I'm still calling this the tie-dye bodice. Just because.
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7 comments:

  1. Bah! That's so fabulous! I wish we knew what the skirt looked like!

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    1. It probably had more of the tie dye velvet - however, a lot of large fabric items like skirts were lost in WWII due to the fabric rationing. You used what you had and that included Grandma's old skirt.

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    1. :-) You can really tell the Victorians hated color with this bodice. /sarcasm

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  3. Whoa - ombre, velvet, lace overlay, leg-o-mutton... This deserves the tag "ridiculously awesome".

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    1. I did a little research on the Raudnitz & Co tag - this particular tag seems to have only been in use after 1894 but before 1901. Raudnitz & Co seems to have had some rather important designers walk through their doors as well. :-D

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