Edwardian silk skirt with train, c.1905
This stylish skirt, an exemplar of Edwardian style, displays beautifully as is. It could be worn, but the condition is not excellent.
The skirt is fashioned from champagne silk crepe de chine and closes in back with small hooks. The hem flounce is longer and fuller in back, forming a train.
The defining characteristic of Edwardian style is sumptuous opulence style. Lavish use of lace, small tucks, and surface decoration were hallmarks of the style.
The rows of narrow tucks on our skirt are placed diagonally over the hips, emphasizing the body shape with a bias cut. The hand-embroidered, fagoted seams are worked in matching silk floss. Silk floss is also used to fashion braided tassels along the skirt border.
The condition is very good. There are a few small stains and mended holes. The faults are not obvious and do not spoil the appearance. The skirt is priced accordingly. In Excellent condition, retail price would be $350-$450.
It measures: 25 1/2" waist, 42" hip, and 42" center-front length.