This is such a unique and gorgeous dress and I'm a little stumped on dating her, but my best bet is that she's in the realm of later 1910s to early 1920s. Made of fine black cotton silk blend with a semi-sheer hand with insertions of embroidered eyelet panels placed vertically down the skirt sides and horizontally across the front and back hem. Tiered silk separates each eyelet panel from waist down to hem. The neckline is styled with a velvet trimmed eyelet collar that is partially hidden by the large amount of embellishments including jet black beadwork, faceted green jewels, gold tone tube beads, black mesh net embroidered with silk floss flowers, gold metallic bullion thread and sequins! The eyelet insertions are also trimmed in black beaded strips and fringed hems. A pink and black silk ribbon is partially attached to the waistline with two loops in the back that tie into a bow with elongated sash hems. The eyelet panels and are trimmed in pale pink violet cotton silk. The bodice also has it’s own interior bust of the same pale pink violet cotton silk which closes center back with hook/eyes. The outer black cotton silk also has hook/eye closures down center from nape to upper hip.
Content: Fine semi-sheer cotton silk blend, embroidered eyelet, glass beadwork, bugle and tube beads, sequins, silk floss embroidery, metallic gold bullion thread, faceted jewels, silk ribbon and beaded trim pieces.
Best Fit: M
Condition: Good- / TLC
Tearing to interior bust lining at back (closures affected here) and shoulders. Bust lining should be replaced or removed. L shape darn at upper FL skirt, 2 small tears at back near closure that need darning & some small thin areas to silk. Minor tear to eyelet. Missing fringe with some tangles.
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