Vintage Edwardian Wedding Dress -c. 1908 Robe Sylphide Luxurious Oyster Silk Form Conscious Gown with Spiderweb Bullion Lace


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      An exceptionally special piece, this stunning gown was saved for many years by a collector. This vintage Edwardian gown is a precious and rare textile, made of the softest and most buttery oyster silk, paired with incredible metallic gold lace. The cut of the gown is elegant and figure focused, with light ruching through the bodice, and draping the hugs the hips.

      Like its sister dress, the shape is that of the Robe Sylphide, a look created in 1908 in France by Jeanne Margaine Lacroix. The gown is bold and alluring. The skirt is columnar, and features a slim slightly squared train to the back. A sash of self-fabric runs from the left of the hip to a heavy bullion lace detail that creates weight on the train. The bodice has an internal structure with nine stays. The waist of the dress is defined by light ruching. The overall look is seamless beauty. The metallic lace is build on a similarly metallic net. There are four spiderwebs - two at the front, and two at the back. The bodice is high, and the straps are a rarity for the time period. A very complex series of hook and eyes closes this beauty up the back and down the left side.

      Perhaps one of the the most amazing things about this gown is that it is one of two from the same collection that is clearly from the same era and store, both of which are now featured in our collection.

      I have many more photos of this dress, and would be happy to show you other views and closeups - please send a Conversation to inquire.

      Label: Lincoln Bartlett Co., Makers, Chicago
      This business occupied 46 Jackson Boulevard in Chicago during the late 1890s and Edwardian era.


      This dress closes on the size 0 form, excluding the internal boned bodice, The internal bodice closes on the S-Curve period form I have, but it is too large in the bust for the gown. However, it gives a better idea of the original silhouette.
      Internal Waistband: 22", can be moved to 23"

      Internal Boned Bodice
      Ribcage: 26"
      Waist: 23"

      Bust: 31.5" - fit 32" form as shown
      Waist: 23.5"
      Hips: 36"
      Length: 59"
      Length to End of Train: 79"

      Condition: Good plus

      For the petite lady who can fit this gown, it wears beautifully. It would also be a beautiful display or museum piece. There are some flaws - please request close up photos. There are some marks on the bodice from stitches falling out of the ruching. There is some soil along the edge of the trail. We have not had the dress cleaned, as I do not have a conservation quality cleaner, but I think a professional trained in antique garments can easily lift this. There are some very minor scuffs to the satin.

      Some of the metallic net is broken or strained, but the lace bust and straps are still strong overall.

      The silk of the gown itself is strong, and the boned interior bodice is good, but the weighted silk lining in the skirt is nothing but shattered threads - this has been almost entirely removed in the past. There are old closures from the this still attached, but the lining was originally connected along the left side, and while it does not show when closed, I think it would be wise to replace it. Wool lining that weights the lower part of the skirt is still intact. There is an old split at the base of the left side closure with old stitches.

      If you have any further questions, please take the time to enquire and your questions and requests will be answered to the best of our ability.

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