Wednesday, July 8, 2015
1870's Ball Gown
From the seller:
A magnificent Paris labeled 1870’s aqua blue silk bustle evening /ball gown dress. The label reads Robes & Manteaux de Cour, Mme Cuper, 265 Rue St Honore. The fabric has a changeable quality with a strong gold under tone. The bodice has a round neckline that is trimmed with handmade lace, baby blue ostrich feathers and blue velvet bows. The short cap sleeves are pleated and trimmed with illusion net lace. The bodice is boned and lined with white silk. It has a back lacing closure. The lacing is missing. The skirt has a wide back sweep. It has two side draped panels and a ruffled hemline. The skirt is unlined except for a wide band of blue silk at the edge of the hemline. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is some underarm discoloration and a tiny split under one arm. There are a four light colored small ¼ inch drip spots on the front of the skirt and one ½ on the back. A beautiful display dress. Bust 32 Waist 22 Front skirt length 41 Back length 49.
I love the detail of the ostrich feather trim. That's what makes this one special.