Sunday, March 5, 2017

Summery Love! 1840's Sheer Dress














From the Seller:

Sehr schönes und in seiner Schlichtheit fast schon elegantes Sommerkleid aus der Biedermeierzeit, ca. 1845. Hergestellt aus weißem Leinen. Geraffte Schneppentaille. Rückwärtiger Verschluss mit Knöpfen und mit Haken und Ösen. Der glockenförmige Rock ist mit drei Reihen von Volants verziert. Halblange Ärmel, die mit feinster Spitze verziert sind. Sehr guter bis exzellenter Erhaltungszustand. Kaum wahrnehmbare, sehr dezente Verfärbungen an wenigen Stellen im Stoff. Ein Haken fehlt. Die Dekoration ist nicht inbegriffen.
Bust: ~ 78 cm
Waist: ~ 56 cm
Length: ~ 130 cm


From Me:

The bad google translation:

Very beautiful and in its simplicity almost elegant summer dress from the Biedermeier period, c. 1845. Made of white linen. Ruffled snap waist. Back closure with buttons and hooks and eyelets. The bell-shaped skirt is decorated with three rows of flounces. Half-bodied sleeves embellished with the finest lace. Very good to excellent condition. Barely perceptible, very subtle discolorations in a few places in the fabric. A hook is missing. The decoration is not included.
Bust: ~ 78 cm
Waist: ~ 56 cm
Length: ~ 130 cm


The bust is 30" and the waist is 20", which makes a lot of sense with what we are seeing. The waist has clearly been elongated with the addition at the waistline - easily covered by a belt. The growth pleats - although starting to be more of a fashion statement rather than actual pleats to be let out by the 1840s- are another indication that this is a young lady's dress and not one for a grown woman.

The shorter sleeves and the pleated front were very fashionable in the mid 1840's. It vaguely reminds me of this wedding gown in the MET's collection given the short sleeves and pleated front.

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