Thursday, September 17, 2015

1890's Evening Gown Bodice

From the seller:

This auction is for an original lady's Ball Gown bodice from the High Victorian period. It is made of a mouth-watering black satin brocaded in rich maroon and gold paisleys. It is trimmed with delicate lace at the front and back neckline. Glittering French Jet adorns the sleeves and the waist. The bodice is lined with black cotton. There is a fine ribbon at the neckline to snug it to the decollotage for a better fit. The sleeves are immense! They're swagged at the front in an unusual, but beautiful manner. the petersham label reads: ''Gannon 126 W 21st St N.Y. That address in in midtown Manhattan, about halfway between the Flatiron District and Chelsea. Please note the necklace and brooch shown here are not included in the auction.

Condition: Some wear to the fabrics, loose threads, a few small holes.

Measurements are: The bust measures about 38 inches, The waist measures about 28 inches.

From Me:

About 1895/1896 based on the sleeves and the cut of the bodice. What I find interesting is that it is a larger size (modern size 8 uncorseted! Not that a size 8 is large at all in the modern context, of course) in comparison to most evening gown bodices of the time. The whole dieting to fit into that dress for that swanky party? Not a new thing.

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