Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
#3253 - c. 1893 CONNELL, Chicago Evening Gown of Warp Printed Taffetas with Metallic Lace and Original Goldtone Metal Decorations! Rare style! Hard to find these "v" front gowns.... and very hard to find taffeta gowns in Excellent condition. The bodice tucks inside the skirt which attaches by hanging off the bodice with hooks! Has all the original decorations, just like she would have worn it. I show the gown with a bustle under, but would have been worn with loads of petticoats and a smaller bustle giving her a sleeker look. The color of the background is a greenish gray, a bit less green than the photos. The material is amazingly strong for taffeta, and the underarms are fine! French seaming inside in near perfect condition. There is some discoloration of the taffeta trims, like from water spotting, but it blends in well with the print fabrics. Overall, it's great. Measures: 34" bust, 25/26" waist, 44" long skirt in front, 60" skirt long in back. There is no question that this gown could easily be in the pages of a museum collection book. It would certainly hold it's own against some of the Worth gowns!
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study