Dress in (Historical) Style
A collection of historical costumes.
Point De Gaz Lace Dress, 1890, Augusta Auctions,
Court presentation ensemble, House of Worth (French, circa 1888).
c. 1891 Wool Soutache Jacket
Possibly the burial gown of Queen Margaret of Denmark, who died in 1412. The fabric was really splendid, a mixture of gold and silk. The pattern consisted of 4 pattern-pieces, but every pattern-piece was sewn together from many smaller pieces of fabric, to make a more economic use of it. Sleeves were almost not preserved, but their remains indicate that the were probably long, up to the wrists, and narrow all the way.
Possibly the burial gown of Queen Margaret of Denmark, who died in 1412. The material was carbon-dated to 1403-1439. The fabric was really splendid, a mixture of gold and silk.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Woman's Dress (Robe à l'anglaise) with Zone Front Made in United States c. 1785-93 Artist/maker unknown, American? Indian export fine cotton plain weave with silver foil embroidery in stem and satin stitches; silk satin; sized fine cotton plain weave Center back length: 61 inches (154.9 cm) Waist: 22 inches (55.9 cm)
This rather lovely gown in the collection of the Museum of London was worn by Queen Victoria in 1855 on her state visit to Napoleon III and Empress Eugènie in Paris. The Empress Eugènie and the French ladies of her court were always dressed up to the nines in the finest creations of the legendary House of Worth, so Queen Victoria no doubt felt some pressure to look her very best!
1855 Dress worn by Queen Victoria during her visit to Paris .
BLACK LACE TEA GOWN, c. 1905 2 piece black Chantilly lace over ivory silk, lace appliqued w/ black velvet art nouveau designs, bodice front w/ cream lace appliques, shaped inset waist band, skirt slightly trained, double flounced hem, B 36", W 22", Skirt L 42"-48", (silk bodice lining shattering, split at top front high neck, several holes in lace, esp. back bodice)
BEADED SILK WEDDING GOWN, 1870s Cream silk satin bodice & trained bustle skirt, white crystal beading on bodice & CF skirt panel, self-fabric pleated fans on skirt sides, fan shape train, B 31", W 24", Skirt L 34"-66", (beaded trim on bodice torn, minor bead damage on skirt) good.
PARIS YELLOW SILK PROMENADE DRESS, c. 1868 2 piece daffodil yellow & goldenrod faille, self-fabric half-circles alternating w/ pleated half-circles bound w/ yellow silk satin bands & trimmed w/ hand-made blonde bobbin lace (lace needs re-tacking in places), skirt w/ satin bows & trim,white muslin & silk bodice linings, "Robes & Confections Merlot Larcheveque 21 Boulevard des Capuchines", incl. white linen petticoat, B 41", W 26.5", front skirt L 43", back L 67", Hem C 194",
IVORY LAWN & LACE TEAGOWN, c. 1905 Pin-tucked cotton woven w/ serpentine-dot pattern, embroidered lace inserts at waist & short sleeves, Val lace trim, trained skirt, ivory China silk lining, B 40", W 30", L 63"- 76", (silk ribbons missing from insertion lace, few tiny brown spots CF bodice, CF hooks & eyes loose) excellent. Brooklyn Museum
MOTHER & DAUGHTER LINGERIE BUSTLE GOWNS, 1870s Both white cotton gauze w/ vertical ruched bands alternating w/ Val lace, jackets fitted w/ long sleeves, skirts w/ overskirt: mother's has fitted open front jacket, 2 underskirts & 1 lace trimmed overskirt, B 36", Jacket CB L 20", W 24", Skirt L 38"-47", (overskirt w/ holes & tears, missing bottom flounces) good; child's jacket w/ CB buttons, skirt w/ attached overskirt,
BELLE EPOQUE LACE WEDDING DRESS (1890-1920) 1 piece princess lace on net, high collar w/ bodice flounce, applique pearl band above natural waist, pearls at collar & sleeves, trained skirt w/ hem flounces, B 30", W 25", CF L 63.5", B L 84", (shattered silk lining, some breaks in net) excellent.
TRAINED CREAM LACE TEA GOWN, c. 1906 New York City 1 piece, handmade Battenburg lace & machine made Valenciennes lace inserts, high collar, ruffled lace elbow length sleeves, B 38", W 25", (.5" x 2" hole in brides between Battenburg lace at skirt back, shattered silk taffeta lining) very good. Montclair Historical Society
WORTH PARIS BALLGOWN, c. 1900 2 piece, heavy ivory satin w/ appliques of cream wool challis day lilies decorated w/ gold beads & sequins, Brussels lace bodice trim, B 34", W 22", Skirt Front L 44", Back L 59", (many small splits in satin, waistband & lining replaced mid 20th C) fair-good.