Featured in two treasuries:
Arsenic and Old Lace: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c32c6810a006d9120468c6f/arsenic-and-old-lace-beautifully-morbid
100 Years or Older: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c6b530ba7328eef73d43e4b/100-years-or-older
The overdress is lavishly embroidered cotton tulle or net, in a very 3-dimensional, high relief manner (it is not flat or barely raised, as one typically sees in modern Alencon and other laces). There are sets of 4 tiny pintuck darts going around the waist.
Purchased at an antique store in London, England. Guaranteed authentic collectible in a wearable size (small). You can wear this versatile dress over a white slip for a wedding dress or over a gold slip for a splendid evening dress.
There is a full underdress of cotton netting embellished with filet lace, the simplest and probably the earliest type of lace made.
There is cream silk trim at the collar and cuffs, and accentuating the V-shape down the bodice. The way the embroidery tapers down the front panel is a fine custom touch. The complexity of the work that went into this is astonishing. The embroidery and lace, and intricate combinations of floral and geometric designs all come together to make a regal and striking statement.
Note the description of this type of cotton tulle or netting used for custom bridal veils created by grammysel on Etsy: As she says, “This netting is nothing like the polyester tulle that most veils are made from today. It is very soft and durable and instead of being puffy and full it flows down along the body line graceful and eloquently…”
The model is wearing a pale pink undergarment—both the overdress and underdress are light and see-through, so must be worn over a full slip.
I cannot show all the details in only a few photos, so I would be happy to send you lots more, showing every inch of the dress!
This heirloom has been treasured for a century and is ready for an appreciative new home.
Skirt length: 37”
Shoulder to waist: 15”
Feel free to ask questions, and I will be delighted to send more photos. My shop always welcomes layaway, too.