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Reception or Society Dress, ca. 1899

Reception or Society Dress, ca. 1899

antique reception gown 1899 1 antique reception gown 1899
Antique reception or society dress, ca. 1899. Two-piece lilac moiré faille with cutwork and appliqué of black lace, bodice having long sleeve shaped with tucks and ruffled cap, pleated cream chiffon insert within a velvet lapel, band collar with back ruffle, trained skirt over taffeta underskirt ruffled at the hem. Very good condition with a few flaws: Silk backing to chiffon insert shattered, chiffon separated from binding beneath waistband, few small tears in waist area, small hole in lower skirt back. The decoration is not included.

Provenance: Helen Larson Collection. Larson tag with notation "Jane Paris 6-66", purchased in Paris. Helen Larson was a collector based in Whittier, California. She owned a successful film costume rental business and amassed a world-renowned private collection of historic fashion. She was a brilliant connoisseur and historian.

Bust: ~ 96 cm
Waist: ~ 95 cm
Front Length: ~ 147 cm
Back Length: ~ 160 cm

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