Thursday, February 9, 2012

Silver 1920's Dress

From the seller:

Exquisite genuine flapper dress from the 1920s. I purchased this on eBay several years ago, and the auction listing indicated the dress originally was from Paris.

Sleeveless drop-waist shape. Fabric is rather sheer (I think it's chiffon) and the general color is pale gray. All-over clear glass beads, with silver bugle beads and silver sequins on neckline/V and at hem. Stylized flower design on scalloped, "sharkbite" hem.

Back is the same as the front, but without the "V" feature at the neckline.

Size small (model in photo wears a US size 4)

Measurements: 17 inches across chest, 17 inches across hip, and about 39 inches long. Please note that as this dress is an antique, it is a bit fragile. I never wore it except for trying it on so I can't vouch for its durability as street wear. I had originally planned, on the advice of a clothing restorer at the Smithsonian, to stitch it to an underdress to reinforce it so that I could wear it without much worry, but I didn't follow through with this plan. But you might want to try this if you want to wear it for a special occasion. Imagine what a unique wedding dress it would make--and what a bargain, given the cost of wedding dresses today!

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In great vintage condition for its age with no rips or holes. There is a slight yellowing around the neckline and armholes and a couple faint yellowish spots, one on either side of the V--but they're not very noticeable unless you look hard (see neckline photo--I changed the tint so that you could see the spots more clearly, but in real life it's fairly hard to see them--see photo of dress on model). The only bead loss I noticed is a row of about 6 bugle beads (see close-up photo of hem--you can barely tell).

I have stored this dress under acid-free conditions and will ship it in acid-free tissue paper.

I might consider offers. Let me know if you have questions.

From Me:

I'm facepalming a bit here: Ladies, this is why you ALWAYS wear a slip. This is why THEY always wore a slip. It's not a beach coverup, it's a dress. There is no reason we should know what color and style of underwear you are wearing. And whether or not you shaved.

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