This description correlates with the style of gown: these white cotton, batiste, or lawn dresses, often embroidered or decorated with lace or crochet, were typically worn in the warm summer months. This style of dress, known as a lingerie dress, were the ultimate of frilly Edwardian femininity. A frothy vision in white lace, this style of dress allowed a woman to escape some of the heavy layers worn under other garments. Worn to tea, lawn parties, picnics, and graduations, these dresses allowed women to keep cool and fashionable. Called lingerie dresses due to their resemblance of the fantastically lacy undergarments of the Edwardian period, they were very popular in their time.
|These flounces cleverly accentuate a petite bust.|
|Do you see that? At the bottom of the photo...?|
|Perhaps the worst offender of this whole display!!! Dirty, ill-fitting, an downright ugly shoes!! Yard sales sell tons of shoes with vintage-esque shapes or colors...why choose this?!|
|Poor and sloppy repair to a tear along the back button placket.|
|If you notice, the lace insertion has a clover pattern, possibly a nod to the Irish heritage of Kearny.|
|There must have been some insane pressure applied to the back of this dress, for it to have acquired all of these tears on an otherwise stable fabric.|
|I was able to coax the bendable arms and fingers to "hold" the dress, reducing the often static quality of dress forms.|
|I think the bust of this dress has been stretched out from that awful mannequin, and that's why there's so much awkward fullness above the waist.|
|The petticoat really does help hold out the skirt of the dress and also helps highlight the lovely lace insertion!|
|The final display--I switched the position of these two garments, as the band uniform was becoming faded from the sun from that window. I am working on fixing those blinds to properly cover the window.|
Overall, I think this display has exponentially improved, and the full glory of this lovely gown can now truly be admired!