Bavarian peasant style two-piece costume, late 19th century
I believe the dazzling dress was made for a costume party. It came from a French fashion house, but it features Bavarian peasant dirndl styling. The gold beaded embellishment is more opulent than typical peasant style embroidery. The label reads "Aug le Champot/24 Rue Royale/Paris."
The two-piece dress consists of a full skirt with tight cartridge pleating at the waist and a front lacing bodice. The velvet vest part of the bodice mimics peasant costume, but the elaborately embellished full sleeves and neckline of the under wool portion are pure invention.
The ensemble is made from black wool with wide bands of beaded, black velvet trim. The embellishment combines metallic gold braided trim, novelty leaf paillettes, star-shaped sequins, and sequins with beaded centers with ropes of crystal beads and tassels.
The delightfully feminine floral motif, especially on the hem, connotes Bavarian peasant style design. I emphasize "peasant style," since the dress is far from a true peasant garment. The brilliant embellishment embodies an idealization of "country style." It would have been a wealthy peasant woman indeed who could have afforded such magnificent embellishment, even on her best dress.
The condition is almost excellent. There is some sequin loss.
The bodice measures: 36" bust, 27" waist, 14" from shoulder seam to shoulder
seam, 21" sleeve length, and 17" from shoulder to waist.
The full skirt has a 28" waist and 41" length.