Dress #054.4: Edwardian dress in mulberry
This hand-stitched Edwardian paper gown is based on a dress from ca. 1911. The dress is made from Nepalese paper in a mulberry shade, with a pearly silver bodice and an overlay of tissue to imitate the sheer layer of silk tulle on the original. A tassel topped by a glass bead hangs from the bottom of the overdress. Hand-embroidered lines imitate the seams and folds of the dress. It is stitched onto cold-pressed 100% cotton paper.
The original dress is held by the Kyoto Costume Institute (accession AC1000 78-30-14). It features the high waist and flowing drapery of the early 1910s, new synthetic dyes enabled the use of bold colours in delicate fabrics. Dresses in this style can be seen in the early seasons of Downton Abbey.
The dress is 6 inches tall, stitched by hand on 100% cotton watercolour paper.
Materials: Nepalese and Japanese paper, glass, bead, and cotton floss on cotton paper