Thursday, August 23, 2012
Belle Epoch 1890's Evening Bodice
A magnificent 1890’s Belle Epoch floral print satin brocade and midnight blue velvet evening bodice. The label reads M.A. Driscoll, Boston. The satin fabric has a large floral pattern done in shades of deep pink and blue. The flowers are surrounded by gold vines. There is no fading of the colors as appears just the flash from the camera. The large leg of mutton style sleeves are partly made of velvet and satin brocade. The neckline, front opening and sleeve cuffs are trimmed with exquisite gold metallic lace. The lace is also accented with gold sequins. The gold lace is laid over an ivory lace. The bodice is lined with ivory satin and has a front hook and eye closure. The bodice is in very good condition. There are no splits or holes in the satin or velvet fabrics. The lining inside the sleeves is splitting. It can honestly be said that the photos do not do this beautiful bodice justice. Bust 36 Waist 32
This seller deletes his photos typically pretty quickly so I'm glad I caught this one and the next one. I *adore* the colors of this bodice and which the skirt survived as well, but alas, it didn't.