Summer bodice dating from C.1906. Its made
out of silk faille over a taffeta lining
(tin loaded). Its slightly old fashioned in construction as its based on a
tight fitting, heavily boned lining, as Victorian bodices were.
is made in the style of a bolero bodice with a false front
meant to look like a pouched front shirtwaist. All parts are connected onto the lining. It probably was worn by a woman in her 20s for a special occasion in the summer as it has short sleeves, maybe for a garden party? The high standing collars has spiral bones in it and the sleeves have a slight Leg 'o Mutton shape. This style of sleeve was briefly revived during 1905-1907.
It is quite a curvy cut bodice
as well: Shoulders 16", Bust approx 40" Waist 27".
(Formerly L. Hidic)