#c442 $1,950 Sold
Hand-assembled princess lace wedding dress, c.1910
Imagine your walk down the aisle wearing this heirloom quality dress, "something old" for your wedding ensemble. Remember the old English saying:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
In this regal dress—with its antique lace and gracefully trained back—there inheres a rare beauty, which is both antique and classic, as befitting the most important occasion in a bride's life. The semi-abstract floral motifs are of the last degree of charm. You will appreciate the designer's masterful technique when you zoom in on the individual motifs.
The lightweight dress was made from white cotton princess lace, a type of tape lace available in rounded and scalloped shapes like handmade Brussels lace. Princess lace is a great buy if you want the look without the exorbitant expense of handmade Brussels lace.
The original boned underpinnings were removed from the dress, probably by the last owner. This makes it more comfortable for a modern bride, although perhaps not suitable for a museum. The slip in the photographs cannot be worn. You will need a replacement.
The pretty back features a deep V-shaped neckline and a slightly asymmetrical train. The shape of the back train hem is more scalloped on one side than on the other, where it follows the pattern of the lace. A pretty back is so important since most guests see the back of a wedding dress during the ceremony. The dress closes with hooks in back.
An antique wedding dress is a great store of value. Cognoscenti will appreciate the superb hand detailing. Indeed, these grand Edwardian dresses have been increasing in value over the last 15 years. In the fullness of time, you will have the option to either sell the dress or pass it along as an heirloom.
The condition is excellent and wearable. The dress is clean and ready to wear. You just need to add a slip.
It measures: 36"-38" bust; 32" Empire waist; 42" hip; 12" from shoulder to Empire waist; and 59" from shoulder to front hem.