Circa 1900 Exquisite Black Silk Illusion Over Taffeta

Darling Somaiya, our model and only 14 in this picture, exudes the grace and elegance of this beautiful dress and the period. The exquisite bodice, high-necked and appliquéd with ribbon adornment sewn to criss-cross the silk illusion falls into the lace festoon, edged in tiny silk balls. Self-sashed, the bodice incorporates silk illusion and ribboned sleeves, again decorated with silk ribboning and floral appliqué with ruffled edging. I have been in business for 31 years and I must say I have never seen a black Victorian dress more beautiful! The skirt has a panel of beautiful lace running diagonally in the front, again decorated with hundreds of silk balls to edge the lace panel. A 16-inch lace ruffle runs around the entire hem of the skirt, which would accommodate a small bustle, beautifully designed with a slight train and a triple-flounce of silk illusion, taffeta, and lace will certainly show milady at her very finest! Excellent condition. Measurements: Shoulder to shoulder: 11 1/2 inches Bust: 32 inches Waist: 25 inches Sleeve opening: 12 inches Sleeve length: 17 inches Neck: 12 inches round Skirt: Waist: 27 inches Length: 44 inches
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