Lace, embroidery, beads, ruffles – this dress is rich with details in the style popular between 1900 and 1910. Mrs. Sarah Strain had the gown custom made at Eaton’s Department store while she was visiting Toronto in 1910. The skirt, which is longer in the back than the front, fits smoothly over the hips, but has an asymmetrical overskirt slanting from the hem to the knee at the side seam. The bodice is accented with a high lace collar, and a beaded and embroidered passementerie appliqued above the waist.
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