Extant Garment: Circa 1911 Evening Dress

Yesterday I had an amazing day with my friend, Lauren, of American Duchess.  To end the day we spent a wonderful few hours at my friend Nicole’s shop, Paper Moon Vintage.  If you get a chance to get to L.A. and you love vintage clothing (especially 1950’s and earlier, which are her specialty), you definitely have to check it out.

Well, we “ooh-ed”, and “aah-ed” over the beautiful pieces Nicole pulled out.  And I’m so, so thankful and amazed that I was able to give this distressed beauty and home in my collection.  Nicole knows my love of earlier pieces, so I’m so, so happy she let me have this beauty for a rather good price.  It may be distressed, but I am completely in love with the multi-dimensional aspects of design of this period.

This dress found itself into a movie costume house, until, in the end, my friend Nicole picked it up.  And now it lives with me!  The label says “circa 1911”, and “size 10″, but it’s most likely a 1970’s or earlier size 10, because the waist is about 25.5” on my dress form!

I could not resist taking these photos and sharing her with you.  I am so in love with this dress!

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There are no labels inside, but I am in no doubt that this was originally either a designer piece, or made by a custom dressmaker of incredible skill.

Does anyone have any guesses or feelings about what designer may have created this piece?

12 Comments on Extant Garment: Circa 1911 Evening Dress

  1. Mrs. Hude
    March 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

    So beautiful! I love the feathers. :)

    • EvaDress
      March 25, 2015 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      I am with you, Mrs. Hude. The plumes are so unique and I think the dress overall is just perfection in design. Yummmmmmm!

      • Lauren
        April 3, 2015 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks! I thought the plumes were pretty fabulous!

    • Lauren
      April 3, 2015 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! That’s my favorite part, too :)

  2. Ashley smith
    March 19, 2015 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

    It might have came from the Debbie Reynolds collection? There was a bunch of Edwardian, both real and costume pieces from her stage production of the unsinkable Molly brown.

    • Lauren
      April 3, 2015 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I think this was actually from a thrift store! CRAZY!!

  3. Laura Mae
    March 20, 2015 at 1:44 am (2 years ago)

    Stunningly beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Lauren
      April 3, 2015 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

      Glad you loved it! :)

  4. Emily'sVintageVisions
    March 20, 2015 at 5:43 am (2 years ago)

    Beautiful! That’s so much for sharing this grand gal to us. Even the most worn antique and vintage clothing still have something to teach us. The details and workmanship in that gown are incredible. :)
    -Emily

    • Lauren
      April 3, 2015 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

      You’re so right, Emily! Some things have to be saved because they’re such a testament to the incredible skill that went into making them, and we can learn from them :)

  5. PinhouseP
    March 22, 2015 at 4:55 am (2 years ago)

    Amazing. If I could ever make something like that!

    • Lauren
      April 3, 2015 at 11:42 am (2 years ago)

      Isn’t it incredible? The amount of work that went into this must have been insane!