C.1900. The Victorians sure didn't hold back when it came to trimming their clothes. This stunning velvet bodice or dickie, would have been worn under a jacket or short bolero jacket for a special occasion. The silk velvet is either very dark midnight blue or black, I cannot tell as in different lights it changes. The bodice is decorated with heavy steel seed beads
with sequins set in a swirling pattern
with three 4" long beaded "tassles" hanging freely down the front. The front of the bodice is pouched for that Gibson Girl "pigeon pouched" look.
of the bodice is made out of sturdy cotton and fastens with linen covered buttons. A drawstring at the waist adjusts the waist size and the amount of pouching at the front. The bodice is not lined and there are several small
clean splits in the velvet within the folds of the pouched front due to improper storage. Some are visible in the photos. The bodice is strong and wearable and thankfully the very dark color of the velvet and the fullness of the pouched front camoflage the little tears. It looks much better than my description could ever say about it. This would stuning worn with a period Ewardian jacket! Measurements: Neck:13 1/2", Shoulders up to 15 1/2" would fit this. Bust: hard to measure due to the fullness but a bust of up to 36"- 37". Waist at maximum is 26 1/2". Length: 20".
C.1895-1896 shows a similar decorated bodice. Steel beading and sequins were popular forms of decoration on shoes and clothing at the turn of the century.
(Formerly L. Hidic)