Edwardian Linen & Lace Walking Suit

This is a truly spectacular Edwardian linen walking suit that is probably the best example of one that I have ever seen! It is in Museum level quality and in an amazing and wearable modern size too! Usually these are so tiny they are virtually impossible to even think of putting on a real girl now! What makes this even more remarkable is how shockingly modern it feels despite the fact that it is just about 100 years old! The skirt is long and a master class lesson in pleat work, cut and design. The front is flat and skims the hips. A curved panel of lace is set into it under which large knife edged pleats flow to the ground. The back has a vented pleat to accommodate a bustle but is so well executed that it still falls properly without one. The jacket is of couture level quality as well. It is cut with long lean panels of linen intercepted with open work lace. The sleeves cut on a curve and extra panel of lace are inset above each lace wrist. More of these lace medallions circle the hips. A Hand painted button closes it just off side. The linen used is of the absolute highest quality and the lace is very thick and intricate. This is suitable for the collector, exhibitor and also could be worn. Museum quality and truly exceptional.

Shoulders: 15" across with a very slight drop
Bust: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-15" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Total length: 32" from mid neck at the back to bottom hem with the front panels hanging another couple of inches lower
Sleeves: 24" from shoulder seam to longest point

Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 39.5" from waist seam to bottom hem

Note the color is true natural linen color - some of the photos make it appear whiter then what it really is in person. The lace is close to a true white.

Both pieces are unlined. The jacket closes with a huge hand painted button. The skirt closes with a series of hook and eye. All the inside main seams are finished. There are no real outstanding flaws to note. Please remember that pieces of this age will have a natural patina and should not be expected to be absolutely perfect (though this is close)! It is after all almost 100 years old!

Note that antique and twenties pieces are final sale. They will be packed exceedingly well and we only sell pieces that will stand up to the stress of shipping, however, having pieces potentially shipped multiple times through multiple customs and countries is too hard on garments that are historically important and deserve to be treated with love and care. Please purchase accordingly.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (4-6 (maybe small 8 if you are small waisted))

Item# D435

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

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