Evening Gown

Collection Type

  • Clothing and accessories

Date

1890-1900

GUSN

GUSN-12864

Description

Two piece evening dress. Bodice (A) is made of cream silk satin and has a boat neckline. Short sleeves with net overlay and bands of dangling (simulated) pearls. Entire bodice is heavily beaded with pearls, large and small rhinestones, copper twist and clear and tarnished silver beads in wheat motif. Front of bodice is accented by five strands of large pearls and beads gathered at each shoulder by large pearlized buttons and rings of pearls and by a long dangling teardrop pearl. Strands are gathered in center front by large pearlized button; hanging down from each shoulders are epaulets of cream silk satin with more medallions of pearl buttons, rings of pearls and dangling teardrop pearls. Bodice is boned. Sleeves are lined in peach satin. Bodice neck has cream net edging with lace. Epaulets and back of neck are edged in lace. Drawstring at neck. Left arm has sweat guard. Hook and eye closure. There are more garlands of pearls over each sleeve. Bodice comes to a point in front. Prined label on inside ribbon has tarnished and flaked off but imprint remains. Skirt [B] of cream silk satin has similar beadwork and motifs. Bands of satin ribbon and lace ruffle are draped above hem below beadwork. Hem is edged with satin ribbon and lace ruffle. Slight train, hook and eye closure at back.

Details

Descriptive Terms

gowns
wedding dresses
silk (textile)
satin
beading (process)
rhinestone
evening dresses (garments)
Women's clothing
Silk Satin
Beaded
Hand Stitched
Rhinestone
Formal Wear
Evening Wear
Gown, Evening

Inscription

"Mrs. C. Donovan/ 280 Madison Ave./ New York" (Embroidered)
"THE BEST" "WARRENTED/ KLEINERT/ TRADEMARK" "FEATHER WEIGHT/ REGISTERED/ JAPANESE SILK/ K 4 A." (Text with image of a ribbon and cross)
"NICHOLLS" (stamped)

Maker

Donovan, C., Mrs. (Dressmaker)

Location of Origin

New York, NY

Object Type

Clothing -- Outerwear

Credit Line

Gift of the Family of Sarah Merry Bradley Gamble

Accession Number

1984.484AB

Places

New York state (United States)