This vintage 1970's wedding gown has grown on me ever since it arrived in my inventory a few years ago. I love the Victorian vibe of this dress with it's high illusion neckline and back with high lace collar and lace floral appliques throughout the bodice. The balance of the gown is a lovely medium weight slipper satin with a mesh overlay from the waistline that's covered with same floral lace appliques and finishes with a wide matching satin hem that is longer in the back. The back of the overlay falls away from the high empire waistline into a sweeping court train, borrowing from the regency era. The long satin sleeves extend over the wrist in a wide ruffle and floral lace appliques. The back of the bodice has 17 buttons and a 10" metal zipper. It's so feminine and modest, while the peek of skin through the illusion neckline and back create a hint of anticipation and allure. The dress is a bright, cool ivory white. It has been hand laundered and steamed.
The overall condition of the dress is excellent. The only issues I found are two small tears in the mesh on the back of the bodice; one is near the upper left shoulder just under the lace collar and the other is in the middle of the right shoulder, see last two photos above. There are a few options to fix them: have the netting repaired, place additional appliques over them, replace the mesh, remove the mesh completely and wear it as a choker collar or, if you have long hair and intend to wear it down, you wouldn't even have to worry about them. I have taken the minor flaws into account with pricing and truly feel this is a perfect vintage wedding dress for the right girl and at the right price.
Original tag (removed for cleaning) dates dress April, 1976, Size 7/8
Full Length of Balance: 57"
Full Length of overlay at front: 67"
Length of train from empire waist: 60"