Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
#2839 - c. 1905 MAURICE MAYER, PARIS Irish Crochet Lace Gown with Heavy Silk and Metallic Embroidery with Silk Inserts in Magnificent Iris Design! This is one of those gowns that stops you dead in your tracks. Breathtaking. The gown has it's original Parisian label on petersham, but the lining is in very poor condition (what else is new??) I am leaving it as found since it includes the label. I'd suggest a museum restoration lining. The lace itself is in Excellent condition most everywhere but under one arm. Most of the lace is very strong! The heavy embroidered flowers are also great. The silk at the hem and the silk inserts in the shape of Irises have silk splits and are quite delicate. But the outline of the Iris design is done embroidered so even if all the silk inserts were gone, you would still have perhaps the most amazing Parisian lace gown seen outside of a museum. There is nothing wrong that can't be restored since the outlines and shapes for all the decoration remain intact. This gown is certainly not perfect, but still incredible.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study