This exceptional circa 1870-1880 one-piece ivory silk gown is decorated with inserts of metallic brocade on the bodice, cuffs and front panel of the skirt.
The asymmetrical bodice has a row of elegant, pearl colored, beaded ornamentation that begins at the V neckline and continues around the back, ending on the left front lapel with a dangling fob.
The ¾ length sleeves are gathered at the shoulder and have lace at the cuffs. The bodice, which is lined and stayed (eleven bones), closes in front with alternating side hook and eye closures.
The bodice is joined to the skirt in the back with heavy pleating which makes this gown a one-piece.The gown is impeccably made with luxurious silk and heavy lining which gives the fabric almost a padded feel.
Three rows of decorative cording and smocking adorn each hip which leads into the fabulous bustle that falls gracefully into a long train.
This gown has a very rare feature…a built-in/attached metal bustle cage, a ruffled-back petticoat as well as several canvas ties inside the skirt which allows a variation in the fullness and style of the bustle.
I sold this dress on eBay so it is no longer in my collection.
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