Devore Velvet Blouse
Naughty or Nice?
As we know, the Victorians were strait-laced types who sublimated their energy into compiling the Oxford English Dictionary and digging the Suez Canal.
Perhaps. But not all their energy.
This marvelous item is proof to me that they saved at least a few drops for other projects.
It’s a late Victorian homage to the female form. Shaping bust darts and princess seams abetted by flexible concealed stays. Sprightly tucked sleeve caps. Pointed tails that ride the hips and a small rectangular pleated tail in back…falling precisely at the spot where, I’ve noticed, a woman will often place her hand, palm outward, as she turns and walks away.
Callow members of your audience will be impressed by its ladylikeness. Others, who believe in the existence of fully dimensional human beings, will appreciate its subtle implications.
Dévoré Velvet Blouse (No. 1159). Exact reproduction of a Victorian jacket bodice, originally worn with a bustle skirt and no blouse underneath. Lush black silk/rayon velvet floral cutout (dévoré, Fr., devoured or eaten away) on cocoa ground, with matching lining. 1 1/2” standing collar with hook-and-eye closure. 15 mother of pearl flat shank buttons. Imported.
And you thought the Crystal Palace was a triumph of engineering.