Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1870's Burgundy Dress
From the seller:
A rich 1880’s burgundy satin and plush velvet bustle dress. The bodice has a burgundy velvet front, collar and sleeve cuffs. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The buttons have a center bird motif. The cuffs are trimmed with the same decorative buttons. The skirt is intricately designed. The front panel on the skirt is made of velvet and it has a draped satin apron panel. The skirt has tabs of velvet on one side and ruching on the other side. The skirt is also trimmed with large decorative buttons that match the buttons on the bodice. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good condition. There are circles of underarm discoloration on the lining and on the satin fabric. There is a ½ inch split under one arm. There is some wear to the velvet on the collar. There are no other splits or holes in the fabric. Antique clothing is for display/collecting and should not be worn. Bust 34 Waist 24 Skirt length 39.
The above fashion plate is from 1876. The extant bodice has a similar bodice to the green and reddish trimmed dress in the fashion plate. It's a basque bodice with a high neck. The sleeves and the cut also have some hints of the 1860's cuts still in it.