Opera coat by Paul Poiret, 1912 France (Paris), Met Museum
Part the first: The dress circa 1900–1903 from the Met.
Corset, ca 1900 France
Tea dress, ca 1905 Russia
From the seller:
Measurements were taken with the garment lying flat and doubled where appropriate:
Shoulders: 16 1/2” right inside shoulder seam
Bust: 41” from underarm to underarm
Length from shoulder to hem: 17 1/4”
Sleeve length: 24 1/2”
Length: 39 1/2”
Of course, 1905 is Edwardian, not Victorian (Victoria died in 1901 so…)but everything else is okay.
From the seller:
This beautiful Victorian, ca. 1905 gown is made from black battenburg lace. The bodice is lined in silk taffeta and it has a dark blue silk velvet band around the waist. The sleeves are beautiful with silk chiffon ruffles below a lace upper sleeve. It has beaded tulle around the neck and down the upper sleeves, beaded with seed beads and sequins. There is gathered tulle in the center front and buttons for decoration, they at one time were covered with sequins as were the ones at the waist in back, but the sequins are missing, the back ones have some sequins to give you an idea how to recover them. The bodice hooks down the front. It needs a new waist tape inside, the upper sleeves were lined in silk chiffon and they need to be relined, the silk taffeta lining is starting to split in some of the folds, breaks in the lace brides.It measures 38 inches around the bust, waist is 29 1/2 inches and it’s about 17 inhes from mid shoulder to the bottom on the side seam. The skirt is lace, backed in taffeta, there’s a silk chiffon ruffle underneath around the bottom and a knife pleated ruffle attached to the taffeta lining. Again, there are lots of stress tears in the taffeta around the waist, chiffon ruffle is not good, lots of broken brides in the lace, needs new waistband, lace is torn at the very bottom in front. It measures 31 inches around the waist, hips are 48 and it’s 41 inches long in front falling to a train in back. Restorable, sold as is. A real beauty, I planned to restore it but haven’t yet, so selling it for what I paid.
Day dress, ca 1900 France (Paris)
A great example of bust enhancement built into the corset, instead of just stuffed in the front.
The Met, 1895-1900, American.
Evening dress by Kate R Cregmile, 1900-02, Cincinnati Art Museum
Fashion plate, 1906, The Delineator
Afternoon dress by Anna Dunlevy, 1907-08, Cincinnati Art Museum
Tailored dresses, 1900, The Delineator