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Elegant reception dress, ca. 1855. The Biedermeier era is over, the time of the Crinolines has begun. This antique gown dates from this time. Origin: England. The dress should be a reception dress. Or a half mourning dress. After the first year of mourning, a woman had more freedom choosing her clothing. During the following year which was known as "half-mourning," a woman could begin to wear hats again, unlike in deep mourning, when she would have only worn a simple bonnet with a long crape veil. Colors like grey and purple were also allowed. This dress shows more ornamentation than a deep mourning toilette, as it is trimmed with some embroidery and beads made from jet, a lusterless black coal also used in making mourning jewelry.
This antique dress is made in the color purple, with blue appliqués on the sleeves. The fabric is a shimmering silk that changes in the light. The one-piece consists of top and skirt. Semicircular neckline. Pleated chest. Folded shoulder area. Front closure with hooks and eyelets. The skirt falls bell-shaped. The waist is gathered and pleated. Inside lined with cotton fabric. Good to very good condition. Discreet abrasion in the front waist area. Two cracks (one on the left, the other on the right) in the area of the navel, which are hardly noticeable in the folds and can be well concealed.
Sleeves, collar cape and jewellery are not included. With collar and sleeves we illustrated how these dresses were often worn in this time. You can find collars and sleeves on our page in the category "Accessories".
Price: 980 Euro