Noticable distress and evidence of age or use. Still wearable but also useful as a study piece, theatrical costume or fix'm-ups. These pieces are only purchased if rare, beautiful, or historically-significant.
Dress is a dark-navy color -- most pictures have been lightened. Dress is sheer & any color variations visible are from mannequin.
Neckline has been tacked to a modest height --- easy to undo if you'd prefer more cleavage.
Charming & very wearable -- just add a dark slip (or lining) to make mends disappear.
Noted repairs: several mends have been made to body of dress --- locations: left shoulder seam (pictured), mid-back (pictured), 5 spots to skirt. These flaws were carefully-darned by the owner, who obviously enjoyed wearing the dress, and are somewhat hidden by the busy stencil pattern. All are small, about half the size (or smaller) of a ladies pinkie nail. A repair seam has been added to skirt. Scalloped neckline has been resewn along the edge.