OK, enough with the embroidery fetish already. This weekend’s dress is one you’ve probably seen before, but I simply adore it and have from the first time I saw it. I love the changeable silk and every single meticulous detail. It is in my heart and always will be.
This 1840’s green changeable silk dress was acquired from the Tasha Tudor Historic Costume Collection and was later offered at auction by Augusta Auctions, where it fetched $18,400.00 USD. I may not be able to “play” at that level, but I can surely lust after it from afar.
Here is the auction catalog description. All photos courtesy of Augusta Auctions, Inc.
Ribbed silk taffeta woven with light green and gold in opposing directions, collarless deep V neckline, long fitted sleeves, ruffled caps laced with tassled cords, sleeves lace with cord above wrists, fitted bodice ending in shallow center front point, pleated, ruffled and cord trimmed fabric radiates from center bodice point to shoulders, full gathered skirt trimmed with two vertical rows of self fabric bows down center front, piped seams, full glazed linen lining, (minor spots) excellent.
This lovely dress was originally going to be a Weekend Wow because the first image I saw was of the bodice detail. Unfortunately, the remaining photographs are not well-lit and the background it was photographed against washes out the colors even further. Such a shame. But it’s still too pretty not to share.
Note: The Kent State University Museum site states the dress is “18th C style” and that’s how it’s being described on Pinterest. I was baffled, since the design is classic 1840’s. However, the original catalog card states it was made of 18th century silk, not that it’s 18th century style. 5 demerits for such a whopping error.
1840-1849. American, attributed. 18th C style, silk brocaded with ribbon stripes and garlands, and flowers in blue, red and mauve, wide neck, cap sleeves, V front, full skirt (originally separate). Belt: trimmed with repeated bows.
Original catalog card: 1840s, Brocade evening dress of 18th C. silk. The silk ground of grey-green patterned with vertical ”ribbon” stripes of pink with weaving garlands of leaves and flowers in blue, red, and mauve. The bodice (A) with wide scoop neck, cap sleeves and high waist with V front. The skirt pleated into the bodice with a slight train (B). The belt of same brocade pleated and trimmed with repeated bows at center.