Thursday, March 15, 2012
Turn of the Century Ribbon Gown
From the seller:
Beautiful Antique Victorian 19th C Silk Ribbon Work Gown with Flowing Rear Train
This piece dates to the late Victorian 19th C and is fashioned of a silk ribbon work fabric in black, two piece in its construction. The bodice is cut in pigeon front style, closes in the rear, with bell sleeve underlined in a sheer moire. Heavy ruching runs around the neckline, pleating on the sleeves, with the rounded ruching repeated in the skirting around the waist. Ruched pleats run around the sides of the skirt, the rear flowing in a long train. Wear over any lighter color to make the striped pattern of the fabric pop…a versatile piece. More enclosures are needed on both pieces, moire inside the sleeves has some splitting and can easily be removed if so desired, three small hand to note holes as pictured can easily be mended, a very dainty feather weight gown fully wearable! Measures 36 inches around the bust, 25 inches around the waist, 17 inches in its length with the skirt measuring 24 inches around the waist, 40 inches in front length with the rear flowing a full 51 inches from waist to train bottom.
Vintage clothing is described to its best and sold as found…and described as accurately as possible. The items HAVE NOT been cleaned and should be cleaned prior to wearing at the discretion of the buyer. Often for proper fit, hang, and wear ability, pieces will need to be altered and/or adding a hook or snap here or there, with a seam closure or strengthening needed. Vintage clothing is most often worn previously, and if old stock, often has slight imperfections from storage, a hint of color or odor.
I *think* this is actually early Edwardian. It's very hard to tell based on the way it is displayed. If it isn't, it's very late Victorian.