Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pretty Dress of the Day - Amazing Aubergine

1880 Shippensburg Univ of Fashion
It's True.  I adore the Bustle gown, in all eras.  Todays selection is from Shippensburg University of Fashion.  They do not have a large collection of vintage gowns, but what they do have is quite exceptional.  This is an aubergine silk velvet and silk taffeta ensemble from the 1880's. 

What sets this gown apart is the way the designer used the silk velvet.  Mandarin collar, revers, bodice inserts, cuffs, and bodice hem trim are all in this amazing aubergine velvet.  The split overskirt is velvet, as also what appears to be a ruffle on the foundation skirt.  Think about how you can manipulate YOUR basic bustle pattern to incorporate textured and/or contrasting fabrics.  Enjoy!


  1. I also love how the designer used a Mauve silk ribbon on the skirt to mix in a new color - so elegant!