The “Ultimate” Champagne Dress 😁

Nothing says “Happy New Years” more than opening a bottle of champagne and here’s a circa 1904 costume dress from the Bath Fashion Museum that takes this idea to the next level… 😎

Costume Dress, c. 1904; Bath Fashion Museum

According to the Museum, this dress was made in around 1904 for Mrs. Ada Power and the dress and matching hat has been designed to mimic the classic Veuve Clicquot champagne bottle. The dark green velvet skirt represents the green glass of the bottle and is adorned with the signature Veuve Clicquot yellow labels which were produced in France especially for the costume. A gold metallic thread bodice is the foil ‘coiffe’, the frothy sleeves suggest bubbles and the hat is the cork.

Below are a couple of close-ups of the top and bottom:

From the above picture, it appears that a gold metallic fabric was utilized for the top part to include a looped gold-colored robe trim along the neck and shoulders.

Here’s a closer look at the skirt and although it’s difficult to tell from the picture, it’s a dark bottle green that was designed to mimic the Clicquot bottle.

Above is a close-up of the accompanying coiffe hat, no doubt meant to mimic the bottle cork/outer foil wrapper. 😁

Ms. Ada Power in the Clicquot Dress.

And the finished product!! And yes, Clicquot is still made today and it’s a definite favorite here at the Atelier!

Cheers for a happy new years!!

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