Friday, November 11, 2016

Lovely Edwardian Purple and White Dress

From the seller:


A regal 1900 - 1905 stunning purple velvet and challis 2 PIECE in construction dress de-accessioned from the Rochester historical museum collection in New York state. The gown still retains it's original Museum ID catalog string tags as well as a sewn in catalog identification label.

The bodice has a attached velvet bolero and lovely colorful applique shoulder lapel. A lovely stand up collar

The lapel and sleeve cuffs are decorated with wide applique decorations. The sleeves are curved.

The bodice is lined with buckram and with 11 covered whale bone baleen stays and has a front inner button closure. All the button are missing as well as well as the outside buttons are missing.

The bodice has a front panel ribbed satin decoration.

The skirt has a back sweep and accented with gathered satin silk under the skirt. The skirt closes by hooks and eyes at the back. The skirt is lined with a black cotton lining that is in very good condition.

Condition: The outfit is in very good wearable condition. The bodice lining is very good condition. All 13 buttons are missing. The 2 back hooks on bodice to attach to skirt are missing. One small spot on front white satin bib. Satin on collar has shredding on backside. Small area of seam has opened up in one area in armpit, and easy fix. Some discoloration underarm stains on the outfit. No repairs or holes. Skirt also is in very good condition. A truly grand display dress/gown or for study. Sturdy enough to be wearable.



Bust 35-1/2", Waist 27",

Curved sleeve length 24"

Across back: 10"

Shoulder to bodice edge: 17"

Stand up collar: Front 2-1/2" Back 3-1/4"


Waist 42"

Back length 45"

A truly grand display dress/gown or for study.

From Me:

1903 Fashion Plate
1902 Fashion Plate

I love the faux bolero front. The trims on the lapel are just stunning.


  1. Gorgeous! I'd love to reproduce this one, and its not even in "my" era. :-)

    1. It is a super fun dress. I think it's the use of fabric and trim overall that make it interesting. Different purples and just small hints of trim other than self trim.