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Dress - Artifacts

Beaded evening dress Short sleeve V neck, long narrow dress with train. The bodice is made of pale pink silk gauze on a net foundation with a high satin waist. The V neck line has a gauze inset with white ribbon flowers and silver seed and bugle beads. The center of the flowers have brilliants. The back has the same type of inset. The gauze forms cat sleeves which are trimmed with pearls and seed beads. A gauze undersleeve projects beneath the cap sleeve and is trimmed with an X design in silver, bugle and seed beads interspersed with pearls. The neck line and front of the bodice are stitched with the same beads in a floral design. At the shoulders and the top front are ribbon flowers in blue and green. This is repeated on the back in two shades of pink with green leaves. The empire waist line is enhanced in the front with an overlay of pink silk damask with a floral and vine design. Extending over the shoulders and down the e front towards the hem are two bands of silver bugle and seed beads stitched to a gauze backing. At the lower front they swing loose and end in tassels made of white and yellowish beads, pearls and seed beads. The front skirt is made of pale pink silk gauze decorated with silver beads and the same flowers attached to the bodice. There is a pink silk satin underskirt. The gauze panel on the front extends to the back. In the back the pink damask surrounds the upper waist and a long pink damask train extends from the upper back into a panel that narrows at the bottom. The train is stitched part way down the back so it resembles a flat bustle. The sides of the train are attached to a ribbon flower on the front side and the beaded bands which hang down. The train is lined with light pink gauze and has a pink silk ribbon attached so that it could beheld off the floor. The beaded bands on the front outline the V neck back and below this is a black net bow held with a silver beaded decoration which has a pearl fringe. Inside the waist has a wide gros grain ribbon support. The dress has hooks and eyes at the back opening. Condition: a few stains on back and front, beads around neck line are coming off, the front net inset is torn.
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