Vintage Edwardian Wedding Dress -c. 1908 Robe-Sylphide Luxurious Silk Trained Wedding Gown with Handmade Lace and Pearl Beads
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 a hand tatted lace. The cut of the gown is graceful, with a v neckline and slim, understated bodice designed to cling close to the figure, and elegant skirt with brief train.
Like its sister dress, which is also in the shop, the silhouette is the unmistakable Robe-Sylphide silhouette, created in France by Jeanne-Margaine Lacroix. The gown is gracefully alluring, with only light boning, hugging the curves of the body closely. The skirt is columnar, and features a slim squared train to the back. The bodice is minimally boned with five stays, and has no defined waistline on the exterior of the dress, it simply skims the shape of the body. The overall look is seamless beauty. The unusual, open handmade lace that makes up the sheer sleeves is lined with silk net at the v neckline. Dangling faux pearl beads on each sleeve match the faux pearl trim all along the neckline of the gown, both on the silk and lace. Textured faux pearl buttons decorate the hook and eye closure at the back.
I think my favorite detail is the tiny bouquet of handmade silk chiffon rosettes at the left corner where the train meets the gown. It's a understated accent, and the dress needs nothing more.
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 shop, 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.
This piece was featured in our 2018 Spring Lookbook!
The internal bodice does not close on my size 0 mannequin - this is made for the corseted shape of the Edwardian Era. It did close on the exaggerated S-Curve mannequin in my collection, but the proportions were otherwise too dramatic for it.
Bust: 32"-snug 33"
Length to End of Train: 72"
Label: Lincoln Bartlett Co., Makers, Chicago
This business occupied 46 Jackson Boulevard in Chicago during the late 1890s and Edwardian era.
Material: Oyster Silk
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. The bodice has scattered spotting along the left side of the front and a few tiny pin holes. I wonder very much if a decadent corsage was worn there that caused this. I do not have a conservation quality cleaner, but I believe these tiny spots will lift with professional care. There are some very minor scuffs to the satin.
Three of the dangling pearls on the right sleeve are missing, and one is crushed. There is one missing from the left. There are eight to ten of the pearls that trim the neckline missing along the shoulders.
The silk of the gown itself is strong, and the boned internal 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. Silk chiffon that lined the lower half of the skirt is still intact, and lightly tacted into place on the seams. The lining supports the train, so the previous owner pinned it into place. If the gown is to be worn, the lining will need to be replaced, or the train tacked to a separate slip for it to wear properly.
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