Chocolate Brown Silk Gibson Girl Antique Day Dress - Early 1900s Edwardian Belle Epoque
Dating to the early 1900s, this antique 2-piece handkerchief weight Edwardian silk dress features LOTS of self-fabric gathers - ruching or shirring. I believe the fabric is called China silk. It literally FLOATS and certainly fits well within the Belle Epoque period as well as Edwardian.
In a yummy chocolate brown with small white dots, this dress is a lovely example of an unlined summer weight dress in the classic pigeon breasted Gibson Girl style! Not a frilly, fussy dress but a delightful gown that simply floats!
The front of the shirtwaist bodice is decorated with four rows of shirring on the right and left front. The center front has wide box pleats on either side of the neckline with four more rows of shirring. Hooks and thread eyes fasten up the left side. I believe the hook at the neckline is the only one missing, and almost all of the thread eyes need to be remade.
The sleeves are decorated with the same four rows of shirring / ruching at the shoulder and again at the cuff, making the wide, fluffy sleeve in between just billowing! The skirt is also decorated in the waist to hip area with the same four rows of shirring, alternating with wide box pleats. The hem guard is made of a brown velour tape that not only gives the hem protection, but adds a bit of weight and shape.
None - this is an authentic, original, antique day dress.
Both pieces are in near immaculate condition. As previously noted, at least one metal hook is missing at the neck and the thread eyes need to be replaced. There are a few scattered pin holes on the left side of the bodice, but are hardly noticeable. No distracting flaws to speak of – an excellent display piece!
- Bust: 32”
- Waist: 24”
- Skirt Length: 43”
This is an antique dress. Due to the fragile nature of antique dresses, we cannot accept returns on this dress.