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Would appreciate any help with dating this dress which appears to be Victorian, however, does have a zipper (may help with dating). Some of the lace is beginning to fall apart from dry rot and there are a few holes in the lining of the bodice. Wonderful tie-up bodice, beautiful trimmed lace and satin edging with pearl buttons.
Well, clothing, nor wedding gowns are my strong suits, however I did find info on your zipper mark "YKK" - It was first manufactured in 1934, so your dress would not be older than that.
Here is the link: http://japanese.lingualift.com/blog/why-zips-have-ykk-on-them/
Yes not my forte either but thanks so much Vicki.. that is a big help. I am also wondering if the zipper may have been added later? Just a thought.
nylon zipper is new metal zipppers are old
it looks to me like a 1970's dress sorta a gunny sack style