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Cream colored jacket, ca. 1910. Fabric: pongee. Pongee is a very fine natural silk fabric in a taffeta weave. The jacket is very lavishly decorated with galloon edgings and tassels. The tassels are wrapped with soutache. Blue silk velvet and bobbin lace with crochet buttons decorate the chest and sleeve area. In the chest area to close is a ribbon of black silk satin that hooks. Label: Drecoll * Paris & Vienna. The jacket is in very good condition on the outside. Two to three minor stains; some of the crochet threads are torn; seam opening at chest closure. Inside, the lining is worn. Therefore, inside is in only moderately good condition. The jacket comes from the collection of "A.T. Jones & Sons". The decoration is not included.
Johann Wilhelm Rudolf Christoph von Drecoll (* November 21, 1851 in Hamburg; † November 17, 1939 in Lobetal) was a German couturier. Drecoll completed an apprenticeship at the Hamburg fashion house Röper & Messerschmidt. He then went to Vienna, where he first worked for Josef Hallauer and opened his own salon in the 1880s. He became known for stage costumes, especially one he made for actress Adele Sandrock's debut as Maria Stuart at the Burgtheater in 1895, but also for equestrian costumes, including work for Empress Elisabeth. Drecoll opened a salon in Paris in 1905, which existed until 1930. He maintained further branches in New York and Berlin. Drecoll's style was extravagant and often ahead of the general fashion. In 1892, he is said to have provided the decisive impetus for the advent of the balloon sleeve (source: Wikipedia).