The Met says: “The silhouette of the 1910s is a revival of the Directoire and Empire styles, but here it is blended with a turn-of-the-century monobosom. Once again, a new silhouette was founded in reference to past style. The revealing neckline conforms to an unsupported bust, creating a soft, languorous silhouette.”
This is going to bother me so much, I recognize that motif from somewhere. Is it related to Marie Antoinette maybe?
TThe motif of the three ostrich plumes is from the coat of arms of the Prince of Wales, adopted after the Battle of Agincourt
Edit again: I didn’t think it was a fleur de lys. I do know what that looks like! It reminded me of something from Marie Antoinette’s bed but now I’m thinking I might have gotten that confused with one of the beds at Hampton Court.
Kerry Taylor Auction: The collection of Heidemarie Garrigue-Guyonnaud, lots 109 to 131, 171, 177. This collection was formed by the celebrated beauty and model Heidemarie Balzer in the late 1960s and 1970s. She selected the garments purely for their aesthetic beauty and did not even realise that some of the couture pieces were labelled. The collection was not for display - but for her to wear. Although a German native she travelled the world and the combination of her stunning looks and superb vintage clothing made a memorable impact. A bridal gown of Cantonese embroidered silk, circa 1910, with chiffon puff sleeves, lavishly embroidered swathed silk over-dress trimmed with fringes and tassels, chemical lace trim to hem, bust approx 92cm, 36in