Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery

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                                                                                                                                                     Queen Victoria's 1955 Gown

# 11387 - c. 1853-1855 Gown (as dated by Nancy Rexford, costume historian and author) Museum Deaccessioned Ivory Silk Satin Gown!   From the Wadsworth Athneneum's Costume and Textile collection... this gown has been in a personal collection for about 30 years. She was carefully stored and treated like a member of the family.... but it's now time for her to go to a new home.   This came from the same collection as the two extraordinary jacquard and embroidered gowns below.  This one is quite plain (as you can see), but made of the best, softest ivory silk satin.... I presume French.  The gown would have been worn with embellishments or accessories... perhaps like Queen Victoria's dress below (see bow at neckline and "v" adornment on bodice) or worn with lace collar, or whatever.  Someone wore this with a pin or flower ornament attached at the neckline as there is a small stain there (see photo).  There are a few smaller stains (see photos), but surprisingly in VERY CLEAN, EXCELLENT condition.   There is a lovely watch pocket at the tightly gathered waistline (see photo), and short bell sleeves.   Closes with hooks/eyes at back.  Lovely, simple gown of the era!!!   Don't mind the pin at the back skirt waist... I re-sewed the eye that needed a couple stitches (that's the extent of my sewing skills!!)  Measures: 32" bust, 26" waist, 42" long from waist to hem.... but remember... these are were small boned women with small backs/shoulder width.  Just sayin'. 

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