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Jet-beaded black silk mourning dress by Charlotte Duclos, French, ca. 1910. The elaborate but subtle beading on this mourning dress would have shimmered when new. The asymmetry of the charmeuse panel is indicative of the high fashion of the period. An example of extremely chic mourning attire for the evening, it features an element of subtle exposure: the beaded underpanel hidden by the charmeuse would have been revealed with the movement of the wearer.
Pair of knee-breeches of machine-knitted beige silk. Pattern of vertical stripes. At the top are nine flat white metal buttons. At each knee are three small buttons covered with the same-coloured silk, and linen tapes for tying. There is a linen band as lining at waist.