Wouldn’t this be perfect for a Halloween party? In the 1880s that is…
This bodice or jacket has it all – it is black silk faille ornamented with applied floral braid down the front and over the entire dolman-style sleeves. All around the front are silk tassels and covered wooden beads, not to mention long, black lace extensions over the front. The back sits nicely over a bustle. It is lined with black satin and has an inner bodice of black net, hooks and eyes in front. There is a single hook and eye closure at front waist.
This incredible piece bears a woven label: “White, Howard & Co., 25 West 16th St., New York” which was a high-end woman’s clothier in the late 19th and early 20th century. It came to the Museum in 1979 with a large group of designer clothing from Gertrude Sanford Legendre, things that were worn by her, her mother and her grandmother. This amazing garment could have been worn by her mother, Ethel Sanford (1873-1924) or her grandmother, Gertrude Ellen Dupuy Sanford (1841-1901). The whole family was quite wealthy and chose some of the finest clothes available.
View other items from the Legendre collection:
- 1920s evening dress
- 1880s dress by Worth
- Mme. Virot hat
- 1920s parasol
- Worth evening coat
- 1890s Worth dress
- Fortuny dress and evening coat
- 1920s marabou cape
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from the Charleston Museum’s textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday