Edwardian lace tea dress

#2841 $1,250

Mixed lace tea dress, c.1910

The Edwardian tea dress is increasingly popular with the modern bride, who wants a romantic one-of-a-kind wedding dress. This heirloom quality dress can be something old on your special day.

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

So soft and romantic, the dress appeals to our nostalgia for the unhurried, genteel lifestyle of the early 20th century. In the charming composition, elements of handmade lace, machine made lingerie-style lace, and tambour-embroidered net lace together create a pleasing whole.

The high waisted bodice is fashioned from delicate floral embroidered net and is lined with sheer silk chiffon. The three-quarter length sleeves are accentuated with handmade Brussels lace sleeve flounces. The neckline is bordered with mixed lace appliqués.

The skirt features rows of embroidered net and lingerie-style lace. A heavier weight machine lace waistband pulls the skirt and bodice together. The dress closes in back with hooks and snaps. It is sheer and will need a slip.

Our dress brings to mind a story told by designer Cecil Beaton (My Fair Lady). As a boy in London before WWI, he was taken to a theatrical charity garden party, where glamorous actresses sold ice cream and autographed photos. He recalls the indelible impression made by the pristine white tea dresses.

The condition is almost Excellent. There are no obvious flaws, just gentle wear.

It measures: 38" bust; 32" high waist; full skirt; 14" from shoulder to high waist; and 60" from shoulder to hem.

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