Snowshill Wade Costume Collection, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
An early 19th century evening dress (c1812-1815), of white muslin and linen. Lining - Sleeves lined with stiffened muslin. Waistband faced white linen. Cut - High-waisted, square neck, the bodice gathered at neck and waist. Short puffed sleeves. Full length skirt, smooth in front, gathered behind. Back fastening. Tape tie inside waistband. Drawstrings at neck and cuffs. Trimmings - Embroidered sleeves, cuffs, neck edge and hem. very finely worked flowers and leaves in solid blocks of stem stitch with various colours of silk thread. Stems and leaves wotked in silver gilt thread. Narrow gold plaited braid edging to bodice. Gold fringe at hem. Fastenings - Fastened at neck and waist with silver flat hooks and eyes. (Cross Ref. Nacy Bradfield ‘Costume in Detail’ p93). (female)
SILK BUSTLE DRESS with TUFTED BROCADE BIRDS, 1880’s. Pale aqua faille, three skirt front panels brocaded with tropical foliage and colorful birds in gold, burgundy, plum, red and brown, having body of tufted silk floss in high relief, pointed boned bodice with embroidered net collar and cuff laced with red ribbon, crocheted buttons, lined in cotton twill. Bust 34, waist 23, skirt length 37. Scattered small spots, light underarm stains, good. $1,725.
This is one of my favorite dresses in the Met entire colelction.
Court Presentation Dress
Boué Soeurs (French)
The Met says: Protocol regulated the formal attire for men and women who were to be presented at the Court of St. James in London, until the custom was ended in the 20th century. The long train emanating from the shoulders of this gown suggest it may have been worn to for a court presentation in the mid-1920s. An example of the silhouette known as a “robe de style,” in which interior boning widens the skirt at either side, the dress was custom-made in the Boué Soeurs atelier. The lamé fabric, paired with a virtuoso examples of ribbon work, identify its couture origins. The elaborate craftsmanship of these elegant ornaments, arranged in a floral basket design, are a characteristic feature of gowns made by the Boué sisters.