#2453 $800 Sold
Devoré velvet evening dress trimmed with metallic lace, c.1910
Here is everything a collector could desire in Edwardian dress except top condition. The gown displays beautifully. With its dramatic train and fine textiles, the magnificent dress could be the focal point of your collection. Most important is the unaltered period design, which maintains design integrity.
The dress, which came from a wealthy estate, was obviously very expensive when new. It was made from Wedgewood blue velvet cut to a gold satin ground. Metallic gold lace scintillates on the bodice and underskirt. Sparkling rhinestone and crystal beaded appliqués decorate the front and back bodice as well as the train.
This brilliant Edwardian gown meets the "collectible" criterion set down by Israel Sack. He believed that the "best go to the best": the best antiques go to those with the knowledge and passion to acquire them. He was referring, not so much to snob appeal, as to the aristocracy of fine taste, which is open to anyone with knowledge, discrimination, and the passion to collect.
Translated to the world of high-fashion clothing, the best refers to the intrinsic qualities that determine value: creative and inspired design for the female form; superior materials; and uncompromising workmanship.
The condition is very good. The exterior of the dress is in excellent condition, but the lining is shredding. It does not look good in the pictures but is fairly stable. When I dressed the mannequin, no shredded pieces of lining resulted. Without this problem, this exemplar of high style Edwardian fashion would go for $2200-$2400.
It measures: 36" bust, 27" waist, 38" hip, and 56" from the shoulder to the front hem.