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Victorian silk skirt, 1800's,creamy french peau de soie and beige tafetta silk, elaborate design, pleats, gathers, draping, Bustle style

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This really is the most beautiful Victorian skirt I have ever come across.

It is a bustle style skirt, which means it is meant to be flat in the front and puffed out in the back. it was the style of dress in the last third of the 1800's.

This one is from a lady of means. It is an amazing combination of silks, the base of the skirt is a quality taffeta type silk and is full, with amazing rows of pleats around the bottom.
The overlay is a brilliant French brocade peau de soie, with a finely woven design. It is a panel down the front and back center, and then draped, gathered and runched into a remarkable sculpture.

This is sartorial art. And museum quality.

The base lining is cotton. it closes in the back with a hook and eye.

Remarkable, this skirt is in incredible condition. The silk has completely survived the journey: no shredding, rips, or tears. The only flaw is a few light colored spots on one area; look like water droplets but white.

The front is the flatter panel with a drape of peau de soie, the back is the gathered section.
The waist measures 27 inches...quite large for a skirt from this era, and the length is 39 inches.

It is rare to find Victorian clothing in such great condition and in a color that is not black. It breaks my heart to list it but it needs to go back out into the world.

This is an amazing find and a perfect piece for a serious collector of Victoriana, or period clothing.
It is from the Sarah Elizabeth Glover collection.

I was recently able to purchase several hundred pieces from a collection that had been a lifetime's passion for a ninety year old woman. Sarah Elizabeth Glover came to this small town from Santa Barbara California in the 70's, where she and her husband Ray, had operated a costume rental business for many years. They were also avid folk dancers and soon started a massive collection of ethnographic clothing.
Upon moving here, they opened an ethnographic museum and Sarah Elizabeth continued to collect for her already extreme collection of Victoriana, Edwardian, and authentic costumes from all countries. Her folk dancing colleagues were happy to support her in her pursuit of the unusual as they traveled to different countries.
As the passionate collector and operator of a museum, Sarah Elizabeth was fastidious in her care for the items, cycling the items on display regularly with others stored carefully, to prevent hangar fatigue and environmental damage. As a costume designer and expert seamstress, she would mend the mendable and embrace the beauty of antique wear.
Even when her 22 room Victorian home was stuffed to the gills, she didn't quit, and her encyclopedic memory and wealth of knowledge never failed her until her death at age 92.
I will be presenting items from this collection slowly but surely. I am selling these pieces as collectible art, not necessarily something to be worn. The beauty of the workmanship, and the hours of skilled labor, is and of itself of incredible value. In a world of the mass produced and disposable, these items will never be created again except at great expense by a handful of highly skilled and well trained costumers.

What goes around, comes around
Love of beauty and quality is happiness

Shipping is standard mail which is not so slow in North America but snail pace everywhere else. If you need faster, please advise and I will adjust the cost. Combined shipping is always available, usually the second item ships free depending on size and weight.
Please feel free to ask any questions.

refunds are only given if the item has been seriously misrepresented.
shipping costs paid by customer.
This really is the most beautiful Victorian skirt I have ever come across.

It is a bustle style skirt, which means it is meant to be flat in the front and puffed out in the back. it was the style of dress in the last third of the 1800's.

This one is from a lady of means. It is an amazing combination of silks, the base of the skirt is a quality taffeta type silk and is full, with amazing rows of pleats around the bottom.
The overlay is a brilliant French brocade peau de soie, with a finely woven design. It is a panel down the front and back center, and then draped, gathered and runched into a remarkable sculpture.

This is sartorial art. And museum quality.

The base lining is cotton. it closes in the back with a hook and eye.

Remarkable, this skirt is in incredible condition. The silk has completely survived the journey: no shredding, rips, or tears. The only flaw is a few light colored spots on one area; look like water droplets but white.

The front is the flatter panel with a drape of peau de soie, the back is the gathered section.
The waist measures 27 inches...quite large for a skirt from this era, and the length is 39 inches.

It is rare to find Victorian clothing in such great condition and in a color that is not black. It breaks my heart to list it but it needs to go back out into the world.

This is an amazing find and a perfect piece for a serious collector of Victoriana, or period clothing.
It is from the Sarah Elizabeth Glover collection.

I was recently able to purchase several hundred pieces from a collection that had been a lifetime's passion for a ninety year old woman. Sarah Elizabeth Glover came to this small town from Santa Barbara California in the 70's, where she and her husband Ray, had operated a costume rental business for many years. They were also avid folk dancers and soon started a massive collection of ethnographic clothing.
Upon moving here, they opened an ethnographic museum and Sarah Elizabeth continued to collect for her already extreme collection of Victoriana, Edwardian, and authentic costumes from all countries. Her folk dancing colleagues were happy to support her in her pursuit of the unusual as they traveled to different countries.
As the passionate collector and operator of a museum, Sarah Elizabeth was fastidious in her care for the items, cycling the items on display regularly with others stored carefully, to prevent hangar fatigue and environmental damage. As a costume designer and expert seamstress, she would mend the mendable and embrace the beauty of antique wear.
Even when her 22 room Victorian home was stuffed to the gills, she didn't quit, and her encyclopedic memory and wealth of knowledge never failed her until her death at age 92.
I will be presenting items from this collection slowly but surely. I am selling these pieces as collectible art, not necessarily something to be worn. The beauty of the workmanship, and the hours of skilled labor, is and of itself of incredible value. In a world of the mass produced and disposable, these items will never be created again except at great expense by a handful of highly skilled and well trained costumers.

What goes around, comes around
Love of beauty and quality is happiness

Shipping is standard mail which is not so slow in North America but snail pace everywhere else. If you need faster, please advise and I will adjust the cost. Combined shipping is always available, usually the second item ships free depending on size and weight.
Please feel free to ask any questions.

refunds are only given if the item has been seriously misrepresented.
shipping costs paid by customer.

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Victorian silk skirt, 1800's,creamy french peau de soie and beige tafetta silk, elaborate design, pleats, gathers, draping, Bustle style

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Size: 6 US women's numeric
  • Materials: silk, peau de soie, French peau de soie, cream peau de soie, beige silk taffeta, gathered panel, cotton lining, runching
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