C.1899-1901. A classic Edwardian gown in a rare extra large size. This two piece gown is made out of a heavy and expensive black satin damask
. The bodice
has beautiful lace panels down the front and the waist is edged with a black satin belt which is attached to the bodice. Two very long tails with tassels on each end hang down the back
onto the skirt from the bodice. The front yoke and high standing collar is made of off white lace with accents of floral georgette on top. The floral georgette has wear and damage and personally it's not to my taste. I would replace it with a much formal and regal fabric like taffeta or velvet to match the rest of the dress. The bodice fastens on the left side and over the left shoulder with old black snaps.
The lining fastens separately with hook n eyes
and is made out of black cotton. The lining is heavily boned with 16 bones and most still have their yellow decorative flossing on them. Sweat shields are still sewn in place and there is a waist tape with a buckle to hold the bodice in place.
The skirt is A line in shape and flares out nicely. It fastens off center to the left front with hook 'n eyes at the waist and snaps down the
side. The waist of the skirt is covered in the same black satin as the bodice belt is made of. The skirt is flat lined with black taffeta and does have a taffeta flounce/dust ruffle on the inside bottom of the skirt and has a velvet hem guard.
Measurements: Neck 15", Shoulders approx. 15 1/2", Bust 47", Waist 40" Skirt waist measures 38", hips approx. 48"-50", front length 36 1/2", back length 40".
(Formerly L. Hidic)