Embroidered velvet day dress, c.1915
Here is an exemplar of WWI period style when fashion was evolving from the longer skirts and corseted silhouettes of the Titanic era, anticipating the "modern" look of the 1920s.
It is decorated with bands of braided trim, decorative velvet buttons, and embroidered inserts. The black taffeta waistband features a cutout design. The bodice is lined with printed silk; the skirt is lined with black taffeta. The dress closes in front with concealed hooks.
The Boston label, which is worn, is difficult to read.
The condition is very good. The exterior of the dress is perfect. In the skirt lining are a few splits. With no shredding, this does not detract from display. If you want a wearable piece, the lining should be replaced. This easy repair would increase retail value to about $490.
It measures 40" bust, 28" waist, 48" hip, 18" sleeve length, and 54" from shoulder to hem.