Saturday, August 22, 2009


Although there are many objects d' art to enjoy at Maryhill, this is my favorite. I suppose I find it enchanting because I am a seamstress and the detail in this gown is magnificent! Rich embroidery and rhinestones artfully decorate this beautiful dress and it's very long train. This dress belonged to Queen Marie of Romania. She wore it to the coronation of her cousin, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1896 (shown in the photo on the right) and also to the coronation of her uncle, King Edward VII of England in 1902. You can be sure she was enchanting in this beautiful dress!

The dress features a low-cut and sleeveless bodice. Nine panels make up the skirt, flaring and draping in a gored fashion. The gown is heavily boned (which is probably how the Queen was able to fit into such a tiny waisted dress). It was cinched in the back by a drawstring , beautifully presented. Lace frills and gauze bows set off each shoulder, draping for sleeve-like effect. The fabric is gold lame' that is woven of silk and metallic threads. Embroidery of basket-weave is raised and padded, featuring shafts of wheat and large bows. Arm-length evening gloves and a Order of Office worn on Queen Mary's left shoulder, and her royal jewels, would have completed the ensemble when worn.

Enchanted, beautiful, exquisite: a beautiful gown.

This post is especially for my friend, Nikki, from The Scarlet Rose Garden, because I know she loves vintage fashion! Nikki, this one is 'very' vintage for you! Please excuse the the reflections in the photos. Photography was allowed without flash, but the glass and the back light made it difficult!

Click on the photo for a larger view.


  1. Oh, how gorgeous those gowns are!! Those waistlines are incredible!


  2. That is an amazing dress...a true work of art. I really enjoyed seeing the close-ups with that exquisite wheat embrodery on the skirt fabric. I didn't know that you are a seamstress...yes, I know that you sew, but a real! I have missed my visits here and I hope that your summer is going well.

  3. Yes, the dress is enchanting. The detail was beautiful and that waist was so very tiny. Love seeing it again.

  4. It's absolutely amazing, thanks so much for sharing the larger pics! I esp. like the sleeves. She was very beautiful.

  5. The detail in that dress! The work is just beautiful. I'm so glad I don't have to wear boned dresses. LOL I had to take a large breath just thinking about it.

  6. What beautiful detail...

  7. Anonymous3:02 PM

    That is so beautiful! I can't even imagine a waist that small though!


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