This ensemble of cream silk satin damask and turquoise silk chiffon center panels with ornate, beaded metal braid trim and silk taffeta lining was in poor condition in ways that might not be immediately obvious in the “before treatment” pictures. Like many women’s clothes of this era, the bodice and skirt rely on the internal structures of the garments to give them their correct shape, including linings, boning, padding, and hidden closures. For the bodice, the lining was badly deteriorated and could not achieve the correct shape or even close correctly. Perspiration damage also destroyed the underarm area all the way through the satin shell. The collar stand was completely lost. For the skirt , loss around the lining waistband threatened to cause what remained of the lining to detach and fall away completely. There were splits in the shell fabric and the satin modesty fabric (behind the pleated silk chiffon panels) was virtually shredded.