Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Natural Form Era Wedding Gown

From the seller:

A beautiful 1879 wedding gown that was worn by Mary Thaw on April 17th 1879 when she married William R. Thompson. Mary Thaw was the daughter of capitalist William Thaw. She graduated from Vassar College in 1877. Miss Thaw was the step sister of Harry Kendall Thaw who murdered the famous American architect Stanford White. The trial was referred to as “The Trial of the Century.” Thaw was married to chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit who after words was forever known as “The Girl On The Red Velvet Swing.” Included with the dress are two photos of the bride and a copy of a diary entry that was written by Miss Dorothea Thompson describing the wedding ceremony. All have been de-accessioned from a museum collection. The dress is made of ivory silk moirĂ© and beige silk. The dress is designed in the Princess style and the label reads Jos. G. Darlington & CO. Philadelphia. The front of the dress is draped and made of beige silk. The dress has a very long back sweep. It is lined with cotton and has a front hook and eye closure. The wax flowers and separate high neck lace insert are original to the dress. The dress is in very good condition. There are no splits, holes or underarm discoloration. At some point in time the back train was turned up on the sides and this left soiling on both sides. It can easily be turned up again for display purposes. A magnificent display only dress with wonderful provenance. Bust 32 Waist 24 Front skirt length 41 Back length 74.

From Me:

Too terribly fabulous!

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