Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fabulous 1880's Burgundy Velvet Dress

From the seller:

A stunning 1880’s burgundy velvet bustle dress that has been de-accessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The polonaise styled bodice is trimmed with burgundy chenille velvet and white silk fringe. The back of the bodice has a long bustled back train. The waist has a burgundy satin belt that is trimmed with a large satin bow. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The back train is lined with beige silk. The skirt is made of burgundy velvet and beige silk. The skirt front has three rows of chenille velvet and white silk fringe. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is one 1 inch mend near the armscye and three small mends near the buttons. There are mends near the front waist of the bodice that are hidden by the belt. There is a very small area of underarm discoloration on the inside lining only. Bust 32 Waist 24 Skirt length 41 ½.

From me:

Date: ca. 1880 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: (a) Length at CB: 52 in. (132.1 cm) (b) Length at CB: 40 in. (101.6 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Frank Carrington, 1951 Accession Number: C.I.51.26.13a, b

The above are from the old Met site. I'm pretty sure it's later than 1880 since it's quite poofy in the back. Instead, it's more like this:

1884 Fashion Plate

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