Circa 1910 Debutante's floor-length evening gown with short train. White net studded with glass beads over grayish pink silk crepe chiffon over pale yellowish pink silk taffeta. Made by Helen Gjertsen, Dayton's Department store dressmaker. (Back)
Wedding gown, ca. 1862. Ivory silk faille two-piece gown with a boned and stayed bodice with fashionable deep hem points, and piped at the neckline, armscyes, and double box-pleated waistband. A pleated tulle bertha accented with silk velvet ribbons that repeat on the short sleeves, with a pleated tulle modesty insert above, and a lace-up closure at the back. Crinoline lining, turned hem. Time Travelers Antiques, via All the Pretty Dresses.
Dinner gown, Redfern, London, ca. 1909. Black silk velvet trimmed with chemical lace in the Van Dyck manner. Long self-fabric flounces run the length of the skirt. Slight train. Victoria & Albert Museum: “The higher neckline and longer ruched sleeves distinguish this from sleeveless low-cut ball gowns. … The intentionally historical appearance of the gown suggests it may have been made for fancy dress.”