Silk print afternoon dress, c.1907
Here is a great choice if you want an eye catching display without the high cost of top condition. The lilac color is riveting. This is also an excellent study piece because the original design and construction have not been altered other than the removal of a shattered dust ruffle from the lining. The gown was de-accessioned from a small museum.
You can do some restoration work to greatly increase the dress' value. The main problem is a sizeable hole in the lace on the back of the bodice. The matching lace on the undersleeves extends to the shoulder cap. Some of this, which doesn't show, can be cut out to use for a patch in back.
The pigeon breasted bodice is boned and lined with beige cotton. The sleeves are embellished with purple velvet cuffs. The dress closes in front with hooks. The skirt, which fits smoothly over the hips in front, is fuller and longer at the center back.
The condition is very good.
It measures: 34" bust, 24" waist, 36" hip, and 40" skirt-front length.