1910s Velvet Emboridered & Applique Panel Dress

This is from the 1910s if not before and and is on remarkable condition for its age. Made of a purple dyed cotton velvet it is a stunning testament to the workmanship of this period. The applique panel that runs down the front and is picked up at the back is all backed in a fine tissue silk. This would have been constructed by hand and then placed and sewn by hand onto the base of the dress. It cleverly hides all the closures - behind the front panel lies an series of snaps and hooks that close the dress. That panel is hand embroidered on velvet with silk cording laid into place by hand as well. Around the very top portion of the collar is a inlay of metallic thread and tiny seed beads. I love the austere shape of the dress and how those elaborate panels completely offset that. It is exquisite and remarkable. Excellent, museum quality condition.

The fabric is self backed and the protons of the applique that are not attached to the dress itself but act as closures are lined in purple tissue silk. It closes with hook & eye and snaps under the front as described above.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Length: 48" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
(the Judy is a 6 and it JUST fit so you should be smaller then this or a collector only)

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.

Item# E529

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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