#7327 $2,200 Sold
Titanic-style evening dress, c.1912/1990s
This is one of the finest remodeled dresses I have come across: a perfect choice for the collector who wants antique beauty and modern comfort with drop dead gorgeous styling. It was worn on stage at a concert by an opera singer to rave reviews.
The interior has been gutted and relined. With the rigid inner structure of corset-like boning removed, the dazzling dress is comfortable enough to sing an aria on stage. While no longer a true antique, it retains the period embellishments and slender charm of the Titanic era. The magnificent dress could have been worn by one of the ladies in Downton Abbey.
The Empire bodice of black chiffon is finely embellished with clear crystal beads and raised embroidery of gold silk floss. It is lined with rich cranberry satin and overlaps surplice-style in back where it closes with small snaps.
The slender black lace skirt is lined with bronze silk. Bronze silk embroidery and glittering rhinestones highlight the apron-style overlay panels. The skirt closes on the side with small hooks.
Zoom in on the delicate gold silk floss motifs to appreciate masterful raised embroidery. This is costume art raised to the last degree of refinement.
The RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15th, 1912. The wealthy, titled guests brought their finest attire for the voyage. A brilliant, high style dress like this one could have been worn to the dinners given by Captain Edward Smith for the most esteemed passengers such as John Jacob Astor IV, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Lady Duff Gordon.
The condition is excellent and wearable.
It measures: 36" bust, 32" empire waist, 38" hip, and 60" from shoulder to hem.