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 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.
so expensive: Original cost: $6800. Asking $2500.
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"
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