1907 Promenade Gown

By Jennie Chancey


Here is a gorgeous Edwardian dress sold on eBay by USVainen.

1907 Near-Perfect Princess-Style Promenade Gown: In the middle of Spring in 1907, Paris design houses were further streamlining fashions so that the lines of the dresses were fluid from shoulder to hem. Tightly cinched waistbands from the first part of the decade had been discarded in favour of princess and empire-style lines. In the colder months, bolero jackets were worn over the princess gown and hung becomingly loose from the tightly-corseted waist. In the summer, white and airy promenade dresses featured narrow, unbelted waists with skirts that fell gracefully along the soft contours of the Gibson Girl’s figure. It can be said that the Edwardians loved the female body — and this was never more evident than in the fluid vertical curves in 1907 fashions. The Spring 1907 Delineator described the princess-style gowns as “perfect for the every day gown.” It should be noted that by 1900, style changes occurred relatively rapidly, owing in part to the speed with which the new fashion industry produced and promoted new styles in magazines such as the Delineator. This dress is a great example of an elaborate and hand-detailed dress for the discerning Edwardian woman. It features a complete set of 11 matching mother-of-pearl shell buttons with intricately hand-sewn button holes. Lace panels form decorative Edwardian geometric patterns and this dress features the Edwardian emphasized square neckline. The princess waistline is gently tucked to ensure that perfect Gibson Girl fit, and the shoulders are decorated with lacy caps. The skirt is enhanced with matching horizontal bands as well as the geometric patterns of lace. In all, a wonderful example of a Gibson Girl flowing princess-style promenade gown.

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