#2003 $1,950Mixed lace/embroidered silk dress, c.1910
Collectors are often drawn initially to the splendor of antique textiles. Although modern fabrics are practical, they rarely embody the heirloom beauty of early 20th century textiles.
This sumptuous dress combines a nice mix of fine handmade Brussels lace, textured machine made lace, and lovely embroidered roses. Expensive Brussels lace is used on the sleeves and neckline.
The dress was fashioned from pale cream colored silk crepe de chine. The neckline and sleeves were made from matching dotted net and trimmed with Brussels lace. Small pearls outline the neckline and sleeve borders.
With a small back train and faux pearl trim, our dress would be perfect for a one-of-a-kind wedding dress. You can create a longer train for a formal gown; or else leave the skirt length as is for a more relaxed look.
With the original underskirt, the gown would have been longer all the way round, so that the train would have been longer than it now appears. Not having the original underskirt, our gown will need a slip.
Large inserts of Venetian-style machine lace embellish the shoulders and create a back skirt panel ending in a small train bordered with cream colored silk chiffon. The silk chiffon cummerbund is anchored with a large tasseled pearl medallion.
The beige lace floral motifs ask us to seek out their mystery, the eternal mystery (to men) of female beauty, which deserves to be repeated until it is understood.
The skirt hem is bordered with matching silk fringe. The designer ingeniously uses blooming roses as a leitmotif of feminine beauty: the embroidered roses on the skirt extend into the back lace panel. The rose was symbolic of all things beautiful. By reproducing itself, it could become immortal.
The dress closes in back with small hooks. The label on the petersham reads "Marguerite/ 18 East 48th Street/ New York."
The condition is almost excellent. The dress is perfect and wearable but no longer has the original underpinnings. It has been cleaned.
It measures: 36" bust; 30" waist (could be taken in but not let out); 40" hip; 15 1/2" from shoulder to waist; and 53" from shoulder to front hem.