Saturday, August 15, 2015
Black mid 1880's gown with scarlet details
From the seller:
An exquisite 1870’s embroidered black silk bustle dress that has been de-accessioned from the metropolitan Museum of Art. The bodice has dark pink satin trim. The front lapels, sleeves cuffs and back center peplum are embroidered with black flowers. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The skirt has a long back sweep. The front has a draped panel with embroidered tabs. The train is designed in the same manner. The skirt is fully lined with cotton. The dress is in very good condition. There are some white spots but this is the result of the camera flash and are not present on the dress. There are a few small holes in the silk at the top of the sleeves and some wear to the satin binding around the tabs. There are period repairs under both arms and on the inside of one sleeve. There is a small area of underarm discoloration on the inside lining. A very beautiful display dress. Bust 32 Waist 26 Front skirt length 39 Back length 70.
Based on the cut of the bodice's hem as well as the neckline, I'm thinking more 1885 for this outfit. I love the embroidered details and the scarlet edging really makes this dress pop!