The term "Belle of the Ball" may have been invented for the lovely woman who wore this gown. Fashioned in a brilliant green silk taffeta, you are certain to garner attention the moment you step into a room.
True to the time period, this elegant gown is fashioned in a more practical and simpler design. It has the classic bell-shaped silhouette with a bustled back (not shown).
It has beautiful large puffed sleeves and a flattering V-shaped neckline, reminiscent of the popular styles of the Georgian period.
The bustle bodice is fully and firmly boned like a corset and lined in a linen colored glazed cotton. It fastens in the front with 10 hook and eyes. Seams are hand and machine sewn, french seamed and trimmed with ivory silk.
The skirt also is fully lined in a linen colored glazed cotton. It is hemmed with thick navy velvet on the inside seam and has a scalloped ruffled silk trim also on the inside of the skirt. Neither feature is visible when worn. Skirt fastens with hook and eyes and is meant to be worn with a bustle (not included).
Given the history and toxicity of green dye in the Victorian era, this dress has been tested for arsenic and the results were negative.
** Please note: our model is wearing a corset and is 5'6" tall, which is considered quite tall for the Victorian era. Because of her height, the bodice and skirt lengths are shorter than they would be on a wearer of appropriate height. **
Condition: Very Good
There are no major tears or shreds in the silk. There is one tiny shred starting on the edge of the V-cut neckline in the back. (See photo) However, it does have a few cosmetic issues. There is very slight underarm staining. You have to look very closely to see it. There are a number of small rust colored spots on the bodice and the skirt -- the largest measuring 2.25" by 1/2". Still a very wearable and striking ensemble. Priced accordingly.