This is a rare and stunning French-origin silk pannier gown with its original matching petticoat. It makes a fantastic impact with the gown fashioned from silk in stripes of cream, gold and lilac. This is complemented by an extraordinary exquisitely-quilted petticoat in a deep gold. The neckline is edged with a band of box pleated and pinked fabric. The bodice of the gown is lined with cotton and fastens with hooks and eyes and the pointed lower section has been re-worked at some stage as the stripes do not completely match up. There is a wide cream silk lining near the hemline of the skirt. The front edges of the skirt have wide bands of the box pleated pinked fabric as does the ends of the sleeves. The skirt has side slits for access to a pocket that could be worn underneath (see a compatible example of such a pocket available on this site). The petticoat is a collector’s item in its own right with the minutely quilted pattern and its very wide diameter, which easily copes with a large pannier of the era (see image and note that an appropriate reproduction pannier is currently available on this site) – thus presenting it well. The petticoat fastens at the waist with two buttons. There is considerable loss of the silk in the underarm area and fraying of the edges and hem of the gown. As this gown could only be used for display, this does not really detract and one must accept that this gown is approximately 250 years old and these problems are consistent with age. The petticoat is in good condition for age but if wished may benefit from professional laundering. Included are two non-functional engageants which can be easily inserted to complete the appearance of the sleeves if desired. This is an extraordinary and dramatic find that would grace any collection of early fashion items. Bust 34", Waist 26", Length 54", Length of petticoat 38". Please note that this lovely item has been in storage, so once shipped it may still retain a whiff of mothballs. This should settle with airing. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on pages 31 & 33.
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