Thursday, March 24, 2016
Teen's Era Black Dress
From the seller:
HERE IS AN AMAZING TRUE VINTAGE LONG BLACK EDWARDIAN DRESS CIRCA 1915 - THE DRESS IS BLACK AND HAS A SHAWL COLLAR AND PRETTY BLACK AND WHITE GLASS BUTTON DETAIL ON FRONT AND SLEEVES .NO MAJOR DEFECTS - A COUPLE OF TINY PINHOLES AND A LOOSE SEAM ON THE UNDERARM THAT IS AN EASY FIX. NOT BAD FOR 100 YEARS OLD! SNAPS AT SIDE OF BODICE PIECE AND AT WAIST, BUILT N BELT CLOSES AT SIDE WITH HOOK AND EYE. I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON FABRICS, BUT I BELEVE THIS IS A LIGHWEIGHT WOOL. PLEASE REFER TO MEASUREMENTS FOR TRUE SIZING. PROBABLY FITS A MODERN MEDIUM, BUT ALWAYS REFER TO THE MEASUREMENTS. ALL MEASUREMENTS TAKEN LAID FLAT FROM THE FRONT.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER - 16 INCHES
ARMPIT TO ARMPIT - 18 INCHES
ACROSS WAIST - 14 INCHES
SLEEVES (ARMPIT TO FOLDED CUFF) - 16 INCHES
SLEEVES (SHOULDER SEAM TO FOLDED CUFF)-22 INCHES
TOP OF SHOULDER TO BOTTOM HEM - 52 INCHES
We do not wear antique clothing. We do not wear antique clothing. We do not wear antique clothing.
As human beings, we sweat, have oils all over our skins (scratch the top of your nose some time to see how much oil you have on your skin), and we move even when we think we aren't moving. All these things deteriorate the cloth. For something that probably hasn't been even touched much for nearly 100 years to go from being in a trunk to being moved around, manipulated, and shown out in the light, guess what happens to it? It gets destroyed pretty quickly even when you think you are being careful. Now, imagine sitting up, moving about in your chair, or even typing - you move all the time. Your clothing needs to move with you. 100 year old cloth can't move like 5 year old cloth - just like a 100 year old person can't move like a 5 year old person. Time destroys all things.
Okay, so...teens era. The Edwardian Era ended when King Edward died in 1910. Some people - even historians- include up to the start of WWI, which is fine. However, WWI is 1914 so...yeah.
Fashion plate above is from 1919. Notice the gray dress in the upper left.