A few weekends ago, Shirley and I were helping out at the Canadian Costume Museum. Shirley stumbled on a pre Victorian gem. We didn’t have time to take it out of the box so I will show you a photo from the web site. Half way down from the link, you will see the photos of the dress on a mannequin.
“Open Robe Gown with matching shoes, English, c.1780; silk and metallic thread brocade. Made in England of french fabric (c.1720) for Aleda Riddell Tucker, descendant of the first governor of Bermuda.”
Here is what we saw….the shoes.
Close up of the shoes.
…with the white on white embroidery.
Laying under that was the dress itself.
It is obviously blue with silver threads.
I thought the lace on the sleeves was divine!
I was also strangely pleased by the economy of using other fabrics in the parts that wouldn’t be seen.
Special thanks to Shirley for being my Vanna White!