Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
#199 - c. 1900 HUBERT & RIGUERE (?) DEPOSE PARISIAN Black Velvet Jet Beaded Opera Cape Trimmed in Marabou Feathers! OK... your fashion history lesson for the day begins with the word, Depose (that's with an accent over each "e"). Modele Depose, or Paris Depose on a label simply means that the design was registered with the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Like a patent of sorts. Now I can't really read the second label.. I believe it's Hubert & Riguere, Paris, but I don't know of them (though with designs like this, they were obviously competing with the Worth's and Doucet's for the most fashionable clients! Plush black silk velvet absolutely encrusted with jet black beading. Fully lined in black silk. Excellent condition. Unless this was made yesterday, the condition couldn't be much better for 100 years old! Has lovely pocket inside lining with bows.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study