Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Edwardian Black Blouse
From the seller:
1900's Victorian Edwardian Jet Black Lace blouse - corset cover-
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Bust flat across 19.5" (doubled = 37" Circumference)
Waist flat across 15" ( doubled = 30" circumference)
(top of shoulder to bottom of peplum) 18"
(top of shoulder to waistline ) 15"
(peplum from waist to hem) 3"
Tulle, lace, appliqué metal fasteners
Era: Victorian to Early 1900's
Yes, let's wear the blouse and destroy it before you can even sell it with your sweaty underarms or modern deodorant! Yay! /headdesk
At some point, I think most costumers and vintage/antique garment collectors do this - we want to wear these 100 (or 110 in this case) old garments because of the history and the beauty of them. Most grow out of this once they ruin that one beautiful garment. Don't let the garments suffer, just don't wear them. The natural oils (and unnatural is you use lotion) on your hands and body only hasten the destruction of the fibers. Movement makes it that much worse. Yes, I learned not to due that at the sake of a beautiful blue Edwardian bodice and I'm sure many others reading this have very similar stories. If everyone does wear antique garments at least once in the historical costuming and historical fashion research community, how many garments are then destroyed each year that can't be passed down or studied later on?
Anyway, this blouse - which we don't have inside photos of-is probably from about 1906/1907. That's when we still see that pigeon front but the sleeves become narrower.