One-piece, gold-beaded evening gown, with black lace inserts, ca. 1906-12. This dress is both machine-and hand-stitched. Ivory lace bodice has a gold metallic cummerbund detail at the slightly raised waist, short lace sleeves and matching neckline trim. Thin silk-wrapped elastic cord runs through a casing at the neckline trim edge. Gathered black bobbinet fabric trims the shoulders, terminating front and back in heavily embroidered and beaded appliqués (four in all). Gold beads and sequins embellish the bodice, sleeves and neckline. The remnants of an ivory bobbinet neckline trim are stitched to the inside neckline edge.
The foundation bodice is lightly boned, with an interior waistband (‘FOX Paris-New York’), light padding at lower arms, drawstring casing at neckline and a center back opening with hook and eye closures. Two square, sawdust-filled pouches are stitched to the lining at center front.
The full, floor-length skirt has a train and center back opening with hook & eye closures. The black and ivory lace skirt has overall embellishments of gold sequins, beads and embroidery; the hemline is trimmed in pleated black bobbinet. A three-layer bobbinet underskirt has ruched hem edging, and the taffeta skirt lining terminates in a pleated hemline frill. All the skirt layers are tacked together at the hemline.
Numerous decorations include: gold beading: seed, bugle and metal leaf sequins of various sizes, embroidery leaf pattern with floss and bugle beads, line patterns with cris-cross pattern of bugle seed and sequin beads, line patterns with small chevron and bugle beads, embroidery on skirt: large chevron and bugle beads.
Bessie Pardee Van Wickle McKee
|Maker's Information||Fox / Paris New York on interior belt.|