Overview: This beautiful boned bodice and skirt dating from 1887-1900 is made from silk velvet and patterned silk brocade. The bodice, with a standing collar, is made from navy velvet and ends in an attractive point on the front and a dramatic point on the back. The bodice is made of eight pieces with the center front inset. It also has a slenderizing waist. The shoulder seam drops to the back at the armscye edge.
Construction: See supplemental pages for detailed information.
Trim: See supplemental pages for detailed information.
Damage: The brocade pieces show the most deterioration. The center front pieces of the velvet on the skirt also have some discoloration and spotting. There is some deterioration and fractures in the brocade of the sleeves. The original bullion trim on the bodice inset has discolored the left half of the velvet in the bodice when it was stored improperly. There is a similar discoloration in the faille inset.