Reception gown

of the Belle Epoque

Period: around 1913

This Belle Époque afternoon gown or reception gown is made from a silk-cotton damask based on an original pattern from 1913. The hems and neckline are trimmed with an antique feather boa and underlaid with pleated organza ribbon. A tunic made of silk organza with antique lace is worn over the gown. Opulent bows like those on this model were very ‘fashionable’ for a short time.

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