This is truly a rarity. Back in mid 1950s my mother went to my grandfathers'ladies evening' in the Free masons where he was the Worshipful master.She commissioned a tailor to make her these dresses. Brocklehurst were famous for silk pictures and the silk was woven into large rolls. The following is copied from wikapedia. About 1821 the Jacquard mechanism was attached looms.
By means of punched cards, the Jacquard head allowed patterns of great complexity to be wove. In the twentieth century, Macclesfield Silk Pictures became famous, these were woven on these looms by firms such as the BWA (Brocklehurst Whiston Amalgamated). In the 1830s the power driven loom was perfected, and throwing was done on a metal frame, similar to a throstle. These could be incorporated into existing buildings.
Was introduced onto hand looms in the 1820s. Because the Jacquard head was placed on top of the standard loom an increased ceiling height as needed to accommodate them. Were only suitable for coarse broad cloths and hand looms continued to be used for the finest silks and the complex Jacquard work. In 1839, two silk workers James Mayers and John Ryle.Left the town and on the Marion sailed to New Jersey settling in the town of Paterson. Together they opened mills (1846) and established the American silk weaving industry. In hard times 3000 townsfolk left and joined them, and in 1900 the Paterson newspaper regularly included the Births, Marriages and Deaths column from the Macclesfield Chronicle. Please look on wikapedia for more on Brocklehurst Whiston Amalgamate. My mother had two dresses made out of the 10 yds of silk, so she would not waste any of it. Remember this is all woven silk with red embroidered flowers and gold threads throughout. The long dress is longer at the back and fits me, hence the modelling sorry for that! The back is slightly gathered for a ball gown effect, with a loop meant for pulling up the dress at the side when dancing. The zip is at the side and all seems to be in good condition considering it has been in a box for nearly 70 years. Furthermore there is a cocktail dress made from the remainder and a little evening bag. It was all professionaly tailored for her. The dress is rare but the silk is valuable and even rarer. If it had been kept safely there would only be another 70 yds of this in the whole world. There is also a wonderful,ish inspired under dress, with frills on the back, so that when the dress is pulled up for dancing it creates a nice display still. There is also the original pair of black gloves with it. There will also be provenance with this with a copy of the photos. Looking at the photographs, my mother looked a lot better in it than me!
I could not do the zip up! The item "Antique 1950s Brocklehurst & Whiston woven silk brocade long dress also cocktail" is in sale since Friday, April 14, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Fabric/Textiles\Embroidery". The seller is "joacoo_89" and is located in Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey. This item can be shipped worldwide.