Late Teens Beige and Red Layered Cotton Dress
1910s Late teens1919., 1917-. The fabric feels like a cotton/silk blend. The design is a very fashion forward dress for the period with its bell shaped skirt. This is the time period of Paul Poirot and daring fashion concepts. This dress, (and one other I will be posting), fall right into this movement. The dress has a lace upper bodice that crosses over the shoulders and across the back. Little lace ruffles at the shoulders. The front bodice is comprised of wide box pleats and on the back a shield shaped panel that crosses over and hides the closures. The skirt is in two parts. The bottom layer is comprised of matching cotton with a horizontally pleated panel of organdy. Over this are draped panels of matching fabric laid down in as diamond shape, end on end so to speak. Edges are banded in red cotton. The panels are tightly gathered and attached to the under skirt below the natural waist. A red faille ribbon accents the dress with vertical bows on the front and wraps around to close on the back of the dress. The undergarments giving it the shape are not included in the sale. Now for condition...I will not lie this garment does have some issues that can be seen in the photos. Stains on the back shield panel. The organdy is kind grayish. There are more spots throughout the garment. The China silk inner bodice was shattering so I backed it with silk and have tried to stabilize the two back closure panels. Also the wide inner waist tape was/is brittle so I laid down some cotton twill tape to stabilize this area also. All the hardware is original to the dress. This style is rare these two are my first and it is pretty exciting. I have had the coats but never a dress in this shape. I included a shot from a reference book for you to see the style and shape.
CONDITION: VERY GOOD
SIZE: B-32, W-26, H-60, SH-14, SL-18, LNG-48
SKU (product) No.: 41492