Wednesday, December 20, 2017

1920's Lace Dress by Julia Hoyt Modes

From the seller:

Absolutely breathtaking later 1920s elaborately styled and expertly crafted dress by Julia Hoyt Modes.

The most beautiful shimmering champagne silk lace featuring details including an outstanding faux pearl and rhinestone art deco brooch.

Long sleeves with tiny self fabric chiffon button cuffs and cut out chiffon detailing. Draped silk bust and side hip decoration.

The dress has a separate sleeveless beige silk slip with peachy gathered asymmetric hem panel and low scooped neckline.
Both pieces have no closures, it is a pull-on and wiggle-in piece.
This dress is truely magnificent and deserves to be seen and swooned over - still very wearable.
The namesake of this 1920s line, Julia Lydig Hoyt, was an actress in the 1920s and mentioned briefly in The New Yorker several times in 1925 and 1926. Here's a quote:

"MESSRS. LEFKOWITZ & PITOFSKY, "Creators of Better Coats and Suits," have recently been boasting, by circular letter to New York's publications, that they have signed a ten years' contract with Mrs. Julia Lydig Hoyt to design for them. It is with relief that I read "Mrs. Hoyt . . . will work with us such hours as do not conflict with her theatrical work." At present those hours are twenty-four to a day, but Mrs. Hoyt has said that she will take up her career again in the Fall. MRS. HOYT has very nearly arrived. She has come to the point where face creams bid for her endorsement (and she has endorsed them). Editors have asked her to write notes on social etiquette (and she has written them). The motion picture industry and the stage have known her and now she is a designer "at the highest salary ever paid to an American." Mrs. Hoyt's career is not particularly an original one; she has merely done better in it. Slim, dark beauty has an added asset. In essence, it is a capitalization of the modern American passion for aristocracy.
Such a career is yearly offering more and more inducement to the eligible young ladies of our overflowing social register. It gratifies suppressed desires for public attention and, incidentally, it pays. Moreover, the exploitation of a "society name" requires much less scheming than a girl's enemies will admit."
Label: Julia Hoyt Modes
Fits like size: Small


Slip dress:
Bust: 35"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 42"
Length: 52"

Over dress:
Bust: 37"
Waist: 36"
Hips: 38"
Length: 43"
Sleeve length: 26"

Condition: Very Good. There are a number of large splotches of staining that are fairly light on inner slip dress - barely noticeable with lace dress overtop.
Sold as is - reflected in price

From Me:

I found the following at the Vintage Fashion Guild page. Apparently, the lady that sold the dress found it at a thrift store and wanted to know more about it.

October 1925
Found by

So, clearly, this is from some time after 1925. I think it's more the 1927/1928 time frame based on the sleeve style. I really love the look of this dress; it's timeless.


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