Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Early 1920's Dress
From the seller:
This auction is for an original antique 1920's Beaded Flapper Dress / Tabard / Overdress. Handmade and handbeaded...one of a kind! It is made in the tabard style with open sides and is meant to be worn over another garment. The neck area has cutouts edged in bugle beads, that add interest to the bust and neckline. Measurements: Center back to hem--42 inches. Shoulders--15 1/2 inches. Widest point--21 inches. This tabard style will fit all shapes and sizes and can be worn over colored slips, pants and tops or evening gowns. The dress is in remarkable condition. There are a few loose threads and one small area of the hem on the side has come unstitched. The beading is amazing...actually stunning! Glass beads...most likely Austrian. Be sure to look at the photographs for the details. A real Great Gatsby confection...or something Lady Mary might be wearing at Downton!
I believe that the dress must have been made in France...the beading took some expertise and I can only imagine that some couture house did it. I inherited the garment from an eccentric relative and in her later years, during girl talk she spoke of trips to France and the continent. Her house was filled with French porcelains, artwork and bibelots. Filled is an understatement!
I love the layout of the beading - very unique!