This Edwardian Ca 1900 dress is in remarkably good condition for it's age considering the type of fabrics that it is made of.
The dress has an elaborately black glass beaded bodice and sleeves. The seed and bugle beads are covering the black french net of the over bodice. The under bodice is done in a cream colored french net with lace trim. The waist of the dress is decorated with a violet colored velvet cummerbund. The skirt of the dress has staggered hemlines within the french net over skirt. The under skirt is made of fine black silk. The entire outfit has been starched by a previous owner. The dress has 3/4 length sleeves which are decorated with glass beading and net ruffles near the bottom of each. The french netting is the finest that I have come across with hundreds and hundreds of holes per square inch. It is very, very fine fabric, and is in amazing condition. This black formal dress is from the very late Victorian period, (Ca 1900) and into the very early Edwardian period. (Ca 1905)
The dress is in excellent vintage condition. I found some pin holes in the bodice in the back near the shoulders. I have photographed this for you. There are some "browning" areas in the over skirt netting which are also photographed. These areas are not very noticeable and are at the lower portion of the skirt. There is one tiny hole in the under bodice near the armhole area on the right side. 95% of the beading is in tact. I did find some bugle beads missing on the netting in the skirt on one "line" of beads. There is some light fading in the velvet waist band. There are no big holes or tears or rips or stains.
The measurements of the dress taken laid flat are: shoulder to shoulder 14", Bust 15 1/2", waist 13", hips 17 1/2", shoulder to hem 54", waist to hem 38", sleeve length 18". I believe this is a petite size 2.
This is truly a remarkable Edwardian dress.
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Ca 1900 Edwardian Dress Glass Beads French Net Mourning Evening Wear