Dating a black antique dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by acceber, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    I think it’s silk with some kind of sheer over it with beads. It’s not in the best condition. Thank you for your help.

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  2. The Vintage Stylist

    The Vintage Stylist Administrator Staff Member

    It looks like a Victorian mourning dress to me. Since the silk is shattered I would list as Study Piece if you are going to try to sell. It may *not* be one for mourning that's just my best opinion. I would still date 1880s/90s.
  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    The high waist, slim skirt, over dress, meandering beadwork pattern, and guipure lace are all typical of c. 1911-1913. The beadwork isn't done very well - I wonder if it was a mourning dress that was then decorated with black beadwork to make it more suitable for half mourning...
  4. pastperfect2

    pastperfect2 Trade Member

  5. The Vintage Stylist

    The Vintage Stylist Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, this was bothering me all morning. As I initially thought it was 1890s I agree with the others...that cut is Titanic era...1910-1915 would be a better date.
  6. acceber

    acceber Registered Guest

    Thank you!

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