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vintage one-of-a-kind couture wedding gown

This vintage gown was made in 1969 in the Empire style worn in the age of Jane Austen (early 18th century). Gown is  true couture: light ivory silk with beading and lace embellishment. The princess line silhouette features a high neck ruffled collar with hand appliqued beadwork that continues as a panel down the center front with 42 covered buttons down the back, seams all edged in lace. Gown has long fitted sleeves with pleated ruffle cuffs. Hemline carries a 4" gathered flounce with a short train.  

The silk, called peau de soie (literally, skin of silk) is rarely seen today because it is just
so expensive:
Original cost: 
$6800. 
Asking $2500.

 Dress was worn for a wedding at the Princeton Chapel in 1969 and then immediately cleaned and preserved in acid free paper and box, so there is no fabric deterioration.

Because this is genuine couture, it isn’t 
possible to give a size in the ordinary sense, but 2 – 6 seems right.  

Bust:  34Waist:  29 (high, Empire style)Sleeve:  23Front:  52back length: 60"
 I am happy to send pictures and feel free to call Amanda at 831.461.0668 (CA)
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