Battenberg lace trained skirt & jacket, c.1905
The romance and fantasy of Edwardian fashion has a special appeal in our modern no nonsense world. With romantic lace and a graceful train, the ensemble has everything you could want in an Edwardian garment. A memorable Edwardian piece is ideal for a special occasion like a wedding.
Battenberg lace is a late 19th century term for lace designs made from braided tape. The technique, borrowed from 17th century hand-woven tape laces, again became popular with the introduction of machine made braided tapes.
This exquisite lace ensemble has high quality construction, a fine lace pattern, and a dramatic cut. It no longer has the original underpinnings. Although that makes it less suitable for a museum, the ensemble is also less structured and easier to wear. You will need to add a slip and/or petticoat of your choice.
Made from hand-assembled white cotton Battenberg lace, the shape of the garment is built in during the lace assembly, leaving no unsightly side seams. The linen fibers in the lace have a natural stiffness ideal for holding the shape. The crisp white style is particularly striking in distinctive Battenberg lace.
The skirt, quite smooth over the hips, is fuller in back, ending with a graceful train. The bolero-style jacket has three-quarter-length sleeves and is shorter in back. The jacket closes at the neckline with one tiny mother-of-pearl button that mimics the doughnut motifs of the lace. The jacket is open in front below the button.
In our dress, the Battenberg braided technique is shown off at its best. Since the eye can easily comprehend the large patterns at a distance, complexity and richness is a high merit in the design. In most other styles, complex design motifs detract from the aesthetic effect.
Battenberg lace garments convey a sense of style, distinction, and natural refinement. Here is an outfit for a woman of taste, ingenuity, and a certain artistry. This eminently wearable ensemble will also appeal to serious collectors because of the large and varied motifs pleasingly arranged.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
The bolero measures: 38" bust, 16" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 18" sleeve
length to the point, and 14 1/2" center-back length.
The skirt measures: 25" waist (room to let out), 42" hip, and 40" center-front length.