A breathtaking, all original, gold silk 3-piece bustle gown with an amazing overskirt, deaccessioned from a major New York museum.
The reflective golden silk fabric in this gown has a changeable quality as you can see in the photos; the color can change from a light shimmering gold to a deep golden color. The bodice, which is lined and stayed, has a dramatically tapered waist, ¾ length sleeves, piping at the armscyes and double piping and boned along the sharp V points in both the front and the back, with a lace-up back closure made up of 21 pairs of delicately hand sewn eyelets along with the original laces with metal tips.
Layers of delicate tulle trim the neckline, cuffs, edges of the overskirt and rows of tulle decorate the front of the full skirt. This high-style gown boasts a full blossoming bustle skirt with yards of material gathered and cascading into a lush and graceful train with a two tiered ruffled hem and a single 9” deep ruffle at the front hem, plus a hidden pocket on the right side of the skirt.The remarkable overskirt in matching silk is truly a rare piece that adorns the skirt on both sides, being split in the middle both sides join with a waistband and are gathered at the hips to drape beautifully over the full bustle skirt.
Finding a third piece to an ensemble is very unique and rarely found. This overskirt, being such an unusual style, makes this ensemble outstanding in so many ways.
This professionally made gown is labeled inside “C. Brooks, 57 Fourth Street, Troy, N.Y.”
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