Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery



#3280 - RARE c. 1920's
REVILLE, London/Paris Couture Gown with Silver Lame Train and Headpiece! Reville and Rossiter Couture House was founded in London in 1905/1906 by designer Mr. William Wallace Terry (who took on the professional name of Reville), and Miss Sarah Rossiter, who ran the biz.  In 1910, the company was appointed Court Dressmaker to Queen Mary and the following year they created the Queen's coronation robe. They specialized in formal gowns and were patronized by members of the aristocracy. In 1912 Reville bought out Rossiter and in 1919 changed the name of the company to Reville Ltd.  In 1936, Reville merged with the House of WORTH! A rare couture 1920s flapper era bridal ensemble with a 9 1/2 ft long silver lame' train. The dress is made from ivory taffeta with soft tulle trimming around the neck & a charming bow at the front. It is the dropped waist style so typical of the era & it has a built in camisole. Another interesting feature is the built in suspenders which are fixed into the inside shoulder seams by means of cream silk ribbon. There is a label present which reads 'REVILLE, London, Paris'. There was another hand-written label inside with the name of the person for whom it was made, a Miss Henderson. The dress is in excellent condition with only the odd small age spot & no holes, stains, tears or underarm damage. The silver lame' train is in good strong condition and it is lined with very fine cream silk on the underside. It has a loop at the end for picking it up & it fixes onto the dress by means of 4 little rings and corresponding hooks at the shoulders. The train does have an area with a little tarnish about 1/2 way along, where it's been folded. It has a tulle bow & a sprig of lucky white heather at the end which echoes the tulle trimming on the dress. There is also a large tulle veil with lovely embroidered flower design, but this does have some repair/damage. Simple wax headpiece is added to the outfit. The dress measures bust 34", waist 28", hips 40". The train is 114" x 14 1/2" wide.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study

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