Nineteenth Century Two Piece Striped Silk Gauze Ball Gown with Lace Trim c. 1830

$ 425.00

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Nineteenth Century Ball Gown, Two Piece,  Striped Silk Gauze Over White Satin with Lace Trim c. 1830

Pointed waistline with ruching at the center front and lace trim at the neckline.  Bodice is boned.

Condition:  Tears throughout exterior fabric, interior fabric in good condition (please see photographs)
So that I can attempt to explain the condition clearly, I will give you my assessment in two parts, because the gown has been constructed with two layers of fabric (from bodice to skirt).  

The first layer of fabric is the most exterior layer, it has lovely pastel stripes and is a delicate silk (maybe organza), it is very thin and transparent. This layer has tears throughout the bodice and skirt, however it is not shattered. The tears are less prevalent in the bodice. This does not effect the strength of the garment, because it is only a decorative layer of fabric. I wonder if it could possibly be removed from the gown.

The second layer is a very sturdy, solid ivory colored silk, which is in over all very good condition, there is no tears, splits or shattering. This layer is the foundation of the dress (from bodice to skirt) therefore this dress is over all sturdy.

The measurements of the gown are:
Waist: 24 inches (61 cm)
Length of the skirt: 36 inches (91 cm)
Bust: 28 inches (71 cm)

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Sarah Lepardo's experience in the fashion industry began at the age of four when she would accompany her mother on business trips to Manhattan’s garment district.  Her passion for historical clothing began the first time she saw a hoopskirt.  Growing up in Gettysburg she immersed herself in history, studying and collecting original garments and Civil War uniforms.  Throughout high school she participated in historical fashion workshops and attended summer classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology.   As a guest speaker, Sarah taught high school students about Civil War era women’s clothing.  Through an understanding of what women wore and why, the students gain insight into the role of women in society.

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