C.1897-1899. This silk faille bodice
came from Montreal. It would have been worn for a special occasion during the winter time. The yoke is made out of a patterned white silk. The bands of sequins are sewn on to the cleverly folded edge
of the bodice, so each fold alternates between white and black. The bodice features a high collar which has itchy horsehair to stiffen it. It
with cotton ticking and is heavily boned with 11 bones. Fastens over the left shoulder and down the left side with hook 'n eyes. The sleeves are very long and flattering, and are gathered at the top into a slight mutton sleeve which then tapers down the sleeve to end at lovely pleated cuffs
The lady that wore this would have been about 5'5-5'7", 36" bust, 25" waist, shoulders 15".
(Formerly L. Hidic)