Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
#3400 - c. 1809 China Silk Gown! Someone else dated this gown as 1809. I have few reference materials this early, so I will go with it! I can't believe I'm actually going to suggest that someone wear a gown this old, but amazingly, it's in a wearable size and definitely strong enough to be worn. With that said... if you DO decide that you can't live without wearing an actual Jane Austen era gown, Please be sure to wear undergarments and underarm shields to protect the piece!!! Thank you! Ethereal china silk weight gown... as light as air... with slightly perceptible horizontal lines in the silk fabrication. This would have been her "best dress"as it's silk! Measures: 34" bust, 54" long from shoulder to hem. Drawstring bustline with slightly off shoulder pouf sleeves. Original ties at back, with the lining under meant to be pinned to close. Very high empire surprisingly gives the busty mannequin the proper look of the era. All handstitched. Very clean! Excellent condition with one old "L" repair. Minor moisture staining under the arms on the muslin lining only... nothing seen on the underarms outside. Minor seam pulls under bust. Simply beautiful.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study