Wonderful Edwardian silk gown with side front opening and train. The silk is quite strong and the dress is very wearable, with care. Black silk satin gown has lace insert at the neck back and front, silk tissue sleeves with slit opening at the top and a front hook and eye opening to the hip. Originally, there would have been a fur or feather trim which hooked on down the front to cover the opening - loops indicate this. Decorated with a half row of jet beads at the waist. The short train is hand stitched to the back and the stitching is ornamented with French knots. Rosettes trim the corners of the train. Metal boning inside. Early 1910s.
Size - Extra Small. Remember, this was designed to be worn over a corset. Also, please make sure to check the back measurement.
Bust 81 cm (32")
Waist 60 cm (23.5")
Hips to 91 cm (36")
Back 28 cm (11")
Length 137 cm (54")
Train 18 cm (7")
Good condition. There is wear and some fraying to the closure at the front, which has been reinforced with wide silk ribbon on the inside and overstitched in places with embroidery floss to cover exposed boning.. There is a mend at the front slit of the hem, see photo. The hemline and the end of the train are frayed and raw, but this is not noticeable.