• French 1882 1883 Dinner Dress

  • French 1882 1883 Dinner Dress

We present here a French slim line striped silk ensemble in blues and golds with lace trims and creamy flesh toned double sided satin ribbon bows.

This is an eyecatching and very grand dinner dress originally from the fashion house of Mme. Laferriere, Rue Taitbout 28, Paris. The pattern may be found in the Janet Arnold Patterns of Fashion volume 2 Englishwomen’s dresses and their construction.

The original three piece dress was created in an ivory striped silk, and was somewhat monochromatic. Our studio felt using a four color striped silk satin would enhance the figure slimming tailored jacket and increase the visual appeal of the complex structure. The skirt is a sky blue silk taffeta with bands of embroidered sheer alternating with bands of embroidered satin, and a wide flounce of embroidered sheer at the hem. The under skirt is of cream silk taffeta with an eighteen inch flounce at the hem. Both underskirt and overskirt are taped in back to pull the volume to the rear and create the long straight lines of this fashion period.

The jacket is bag lined in cream silk taffeta. The elegant hip drape is neatly constructed to be a continuation of the jacket front panels, and is pleated into the tail of the jacket. The over train of the same striped fabric is smocked at the top and mounted into the base of the jacket tail, in a unique and unusual design concept. The train is enhanced by a wide sash and bow of creamy flesh toned double sided silk satin. An unusual additional feature on the jacket is the stiff netting creating a cuff on the sleeves, and the same netting applied as lapels along the open square neckline. The sixteen buttons are gold plated brass with blue enamel centers to match the color scheme of the outfit.

This is clearly a splendidly designed period piece from a significant Victorian French design house.

Contact Designer John Richardson ​or Chris Piehler ​today for a complimentary consultation:

678-596-4019 /  letsicedance@aol.com