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FABULOUS Gothic Purple Period Steel Boned Bustle Gown

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This is one spectacular dress! It is from the Royal Shakespeare Company and used in As You Like It. I cannot capture how amazing it is in the photos and have never seen another theatre dress as amazing at this! :D

It is steel boned, has a lace up and hook and eye back. The fabric is bright peacock purple with raised velvet, lace, sequins and velvet ribbon trim. There are double sleeves and a huge train. It consists of 2 parts. There is some damage to the skirt which has been repaired already, not very noticable due to the sheer amount of fabric and a couple of patches that look like burn marks. The skirt has a purple shiny underskirt, also with velvet and pleats, a rouched part and a train on top. It is shown here with a bustle pad which is not included. There are a couple of small holes in the top layer on the neck lace panel, but they do not go all the way through and are not that noticable. It is extremely well made with attention to detail.

It is very heavy, and sorry, but it has gained a few cat hairs, which I will try to remove before sending. Trying to carry such a big dress makes it difficult for that not to happen in my cat-friendly house. :S

Measurements fully laced of top are approx:-

Chest 35-36
Waist 29-30

Skirt waist is approx 27-28

I have obtained quotes from the post office for shipping, but they are high as the dress weighs almost 7 kgs. The prices are for "signed for" postage with insurance. The everywhere else price is specifically for the US so may be slightly less elsewhere and I will refund any difference when posted.

FABULOUS Gothic Purple Period Steel Boned Bustle Gown


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: satin, velvet, steel bones
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 49 reviews
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