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Positively bewitching 1880s Victorian mourning black silk bodice featuring corded silk soutache, faceted glass buttons and the most femme fatale structure. The hips on this piece are full and flared, ready to create drama for a corseted figure or S-curve mannequin. A menswear-inspired tail swoops down from the narrow waist, likely designed to highlight a bustle. This dinner bodice is a rare piece of high Victorian fashion, likely worn by a wealthy woman (with impeccable taste!) for special occasions. Fully lined, front button closures. Eligible for layaway, please contact me for more details.
**please note all buttons are functional, the garment just has an S-curve to it that's too dramatic for my dressform**
MEASUREMENTS: (taken with garment lying flat; bust, waist & hips doubled for your convenience) →shoulder to shoulder: 14 inches →bust: 32 inches →waist: 26 inches →hips: 36 inches →length: 20.5 inches →sleeve length: 20.5 inches →wrist: 4.5 inches
ESTIMATED SIZE: XX-Small; this garment needs at least 2 inches of room from body measurements to be worn safely.
CONDITION: Good antique condition for a rare piece. There's some wear and discoloration to the soutache throughout, as well as a moth bite at the left underarm. There's some weakness to the silk at the back of the right underarm, as noted in photos, where it's pulling away from the seam and can't be stitched back due to weakness. Overall, this is a rare and breathtaking piece, but is best for display or light wear, and that's reflected in the price. Please keep in mind this is a vintage garment, which means minor signs of wear are to be expected. Any significant flaws are always noted in the description. All garments are mended, cleaned and ready to wear unless otherwise noted.
MORE INFORMATION: No maker or contents labels. Appears professionally made of black silk, silk cording, cotton muslin lining and black glass buttons with corded inserts.
PLEASE NOTE: Black Cat Clothiers only accepts returns if a mistake was made in describing the garment, for which we ask you to contact us within 3 days of receiving the garment. Please compare the detailed measurements noted above to one of your garments (not your body measurements; clothing should allow room for movement) that fits you well. Please be aware all monitors display colors differently. Additionally, all of our clothing is pre-owned and vintage/antique, which means each piece may feature minor signs of wear, as noted in the description. To learn more, please view our store policies.