1890s Victorian Mint Green & Black Silk Overlay Mutton Sleeve Bodice
Hands down the most fantastic piece I have handled! 1890s Victorian evening bodice featuring an unusual mint green silk with a sheer black silk chiffon overlay, extremely dramatic leg o'mutton sleeves, black glass beading and a turquoise ornament on the collar. Though this piece appears to have been worn (one can only imagine the occasion; I could see Vanessa Ives in this!), it is in absolutely lovely condition, particularly considering how delicate the silk is. A crown jewel in any collection -- I am so excited to handle this incredible creation and offer her for sale! Fully lined, hook & eye closures at neck and shoulder + hook & loop closures down side. Eligible for layaway, please contact me for more details!
MEASUREMENTS: (taken with garment lying flat; bust, waist & hips doubled for your convenience) →collar: 13 inches →shoulder to shoulder: 17 inches →bust: 31 inches →waist: 28 inches →length: 15 inches →sleeve length: 24 inches →armscye: 6.5 inches
ESTIMATED SIZE: XX-Small, best for corseted figure
CONDITION: Very good antique condition. This garment presents beautifully and is best for display, though it is lightly wearable with care for a photoshoot or something similar. This piece is just too rare and wonderful to subject to frequent wear! Here are the issues: missing some loops at the waist; they're a wonderful black fabric loop that I fear I can't match, so I've left as-is. There is some discoloration, likely from sun damage, on the silk ruffles on the shoulders. The silk ruffle on the sleeves is tearing away; I haven't addressed this because there will be visible mending, so I'd like to leave it to this piece's forever home to decide how to address. There are two small tears to the right underarm. Lastly, there's some light discoloration to the interior and some threading on the beaded section. Presents absolutely beautifully! 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.
COLOR: Muted mint green with black silk overlay and black glass beading
MORE INFORMATION: By Kirby & Nicholson. Appears to be made of silk taffeta and tissue silk chiffon.
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