Perry estate satin wedding gown, c.1908
The gown, along with several others previously sold, was purchased from the Perry estate. With the long sweeping train, this grand gown was likely worn originally as a wedding dress by one of Commodore Perry's descendents.
I love the elegant, understated design. The beautifully cut skirt and train were wisely left unadorned, emphasizing the substantial quality of the rich ivory satin. The figure-flattering, princess line seams mold the gown to the torso without adding bulk at the waist and hip.
The deep neckline opening is trimmed with swags of faux pearls and lace flounces that form graceful partial sleeves. What could be more romantic than bare shoulders with just a hint of delicate lace cover? The bodice is boned inside. The gown has an inner petersham and closes in back with hooks.
The gown was modified slightly several years ago and worn as a wedding dress. The only change was the addition of a lace panel on the bodice in back to make the gown larger through the bust and waist. Design integrity was maintained.
This museum quality satin wedding dress is just the thing for the bride who wants the one-of-a-kind look of couture. It can be "something old" on your special day and later passed on to your children as an heirloom.
On July 8,1853 four black ships commanded by Commodore Matthew Perry anchored at Tokyo Bay. The Japanese had never seen steamships and were shocked by the number and size of the guns on board the ships.
At age 60, Commodore Matthew Perry had had a long and distinguished naval career. He brought a letter from the President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to the Emperor of Japan. On March 31, 1854 Perry received what he had tirelessly worked for—a treaty that opened up Japan to trade with the United States. On Perry's return to America, he was greeted as a hero and awarded $20,000 by the U.S. Congress.
The condition is almost excellent. The gown has several small spots on the train and is lightly soiled on several fold lines. All you need to do to have a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind wedding dress is have it cleaned.
It measures: 38" bust, 27" waist, 38" hip and 59" from the shoulder to the front hem.