Saturday, October 10, 2015
1920's Black Beaded Dress
From the seller:
Christopher Dresser a prolific designer and design theorist created forms and ornament for a wide range of manufacturers from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. He was inspired by botanical forms and the arts of Japan, Persia, Peru, Egypt, Mexico and Morocco, these diverse inspirations resulted in an amazing array of unique and highly original designs. He worked towards the end of his life designing wallpaper and textiles. After his death his daughters took over his design studio but were unable to keep it running for very long. This rare dazzling beaded dress is labelled “Dresser, Paris” and dates to the 1920s and is likely to be a Christopher Dresser textile design inspired by Persian mosiacs.
Beautiful interlocking design elements in an overall pattern done with seed beads and bugle beads. All in inky black beads on a black smooth silk. Unlined in excellent sparkling condition with a very few loose beads and a small portion of the hem out. Impressive beauty!! Chest measures 42" graduating slightly at hips to 46" with a length of 50". Weighs 4 lbs.
Dresser's heyday was in the 1870's/1880's - he was a contemporary of Worth, really. And he died in 1904. So...yeah. Most likely not one of his designs unless he had the most amazing psychic abilities and was able to predict what styles would look like a good 20~25 years after his death.
In all reality, I'm a little hesitant to post this one - it looks like it *might* be a 1980's wannabe 1920's but I'm leaning way more to the 1920's side.