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Castillo designed for the House of Lanvin from 1950-1962.

From the Wadsworth Athneneum's Costume and Textile collection... This gown (and the other gown from the same collection) are just EXTRAORDINARY! PLEASE look at the close-up photos to see the exquisite detail of the jacquard and embroidered silk fabric. There are some very very minor darkening in some areas (see the collar photos), but there is also slightly darker lace insets that are original. Her collections were found in leading fashion retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman from 1997 to 2004. Hard to measure with the open back, but best for small and tall with 26.5" waist, up to 36" hips best, 61" long from shoulder to hem in front, 77" long in back. The lace is in Excellent condition with just extreme minor leg breaks. The dress doesn't come with the panniers, but is made for them... You know, the gown that sold for (at the time) a record price. though I'm not an expert on textiles, so I will just have to go with it. It stars with an ecru Battenburg coat with slightly bell sleeves with matching ecru velvet cloud-shape outlined inserts here and there and a few grape clusters.

this gown has been in a personal collection for about 30 years. Simple shape, off the shoulder wide "v" neckline, "v" waist at front, cap sleeves with matching "v" shape and simple ecru netting lace, beautiful seaming, gorgeous ivory silk satin. These were, without a doubt, the finest fabrics of the time. The gowns were possibly made in America of the imported fabric. Simple shape, off the shoulder wide "v" neckline, "v" waist at front, cap sleeves with detailing and spiderweb lace, beautiful seaming, and with the original long under sleeves to be worn with and without. There is a heavy macrame ties hanging down at front, and the original hooks/eyes close the top half of the coat. And the most telling statement regarding the likely huge original price tag on these pieces is that "Galindo Couture’s one-of-a-kind gowns featured in Saks Fifth Avenue’s gown shows touring the country in 2000 sold all 20 gowns". Well, this is not that gown, but this one is similar, and from the same era.... I've been holding on to this gown for years now.... I'm an expert on BEAUTY, and this has all the "bells and whistles" you could possibly want in a 1860s gown! That alone is gorgeous enough, however, under that is a thin layer of pleated chiffon at front and under that, another flat layer of chiffon.

LUCKILY I found a photo of the original owner wearing the gown!

The black silk thin patterned velvet coat is in great condition!

'm ALWAYS on the hunt for Victorian sidesaddle habits! just two areas of small holes (one lost in folds, the other at the hemline - see photos) and a bit of lining tearing inside skirt hemline. Even the satin INTERIOR of the bodice is gorgeous!!

This one is a riding habit with the skirt that can be worn down as a skirt, or hiked up (as you see) with the silvertone skirt lifter (that came with it). There is one button missing as well (so I would move the top button down and wear a large pin (cameo) at the top buttonhole.... There is a handwritten tag inside that reads "Lepper Gardner".

When I purchased, it was said to have been worn by Mrs. Sadly, I couldn't close it on my smallest dressform (it measures 30" bust, 22" waist), but you'd want a smaller dressform as the off-the-shoulder shape shouldn't be stressed. Calvin Coolidge's (Grace Coolidge) show-stopping inaugural gown. From my research, these were actually referred to as "gold caps", and this type of headwear was common in Germany and surrounds.