The very popular basic evening bodice is treated with only a light surface embellishment of beadwork and metallic. In keeping with the companion luxuries typical of a New York’s Gilded Age household, the bodice back drape is to be secured by hand stitches taken at the time of each wearing—and administered by a lady’s maid.
Bodice: Boned, fitted, waist-length, center front busk point, crossover satin panel, right shoulder to left underarm, chiffon over satin at left bust and shoulder, applied rose motif, mock half sash; wide V neck, chiffon ruffle at back, applied beads, pearls and silver thread; sleeveless; shirred chiffon at armholes, center back lace-up closure.
Skirt: Floor-length with train; applied rose motif on front panels, center front and left and right side inverted box pleats reversing to plain satin; plain satin back gathered into bustle drapery extending into train.
The skirt has three inserted, inverted, unadorned satin box pleats, one at center front and one at each side. The selvage of each inserted panel is used decoratively, with hand applied floral beadwork outlining each edge. Hand-applied floral beadwork sprigs sparsely cover the skirt front panels. The side back panels extend into an opulent bustled train.
Worn by mother of donor.
Gift of Mrs. Phillip W. Livermore, 1941.