C.1895-1899. A black silk satin bodice
with a lace "shawl" sewn onto the shoulders of the bodice, with the long ends of the shawl hanging down the front.
Lace rosettes decorate the waist at the sides
. The bodice is fully boned and fastens down the front with shiny jet buttons
This bodice would have been worn by an older lady, as it incorporates elements of earlier styles like the basque and peplum around the bottom of the bodice, and the multitude of small buttons up the front. Both are 1880's fashions, but the cut and construction of the bodice along with the puffed upper sleeves
are elements from the second half of the 1890's.
The size is very large, the shoulders measure
approx. 17", bust 46"/48", waist 36".
(Formerly L. Hidic)