May 2009 archive

ca. 1915 Tea Dress

By Jennie Chancey

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This beautiful tea dress was sold on eBay by USVainen, a seller (sadly, retired) whose knowledge of vintage fashion was astounding and whose descriptions were delightful. This seller graciously agreed to let me share her images and words on my site, and I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did! The description is […]

Mid-teens Afternoon Suit

By Jennie Chancey

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What a wonderful color! This is an original linen afternoon suit circa 1913-1915. Note all of the marvelous details, including the double peplum, the crisp white linen collar and cuffs and the tailored skirt. This is a “transition” fashion–right between the era of the slim skirt (1911-1913) and the flounced waistline (1914-1917). It looks perfect […]

1914 Worth Evening Gown

By Jennie Chancey

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Here is a circa 1914 evening gown, which is on display at the Museum of the City of New York. Rhinestone embroidered tulle over pale lavender satin, ice-blue chiffon tunic edged with rhinestones and satin glass bead fringe by the eminent designer, Frederick Worth. The gown was originally worn by Mrs. William Storrs Wells.

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