This is an outstanding, exceptionally stunning, highly sensual dress that has been tagged and authenticated by the Fashion Originator's Guild of America (F.O.G.A.), #1548. Formed in 1932, garment designers banded together to prevent design theft, or known as 'knock offs', by manufacturers. During the course of the 9 years in operation the offenders were 'black balled' with guild members prohibited from trading with them! Hoping to protect their designs, these haute couture designers were forced to end the use of self help trade restrictions as it violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.
What we have here is an absolutely dazzling, important and alluring black short sleeved crepe dress embellished with hundreds of black enamel domed rivets. The sleeves and neckline have 3 rows around the edge. The skirt of this dress is constructed with 1" sewn down pleats to bottom of hips, the allowed to flow with each panel studded with 17 rivets. The skirt flows with movement and drapes sooo gracefully!
Having both a metal zipper down the back and at the side of the dress, this greatly enables ease in putting on and taking off. There are 2 belt loops at either side of the waist., however there is no belt included.
The only tag is that of the F.O.G.A. and is not sized, however it looks to be a size 10 with the following measurements: Waist 15" across Bustline, from underarm seam to underarm seam 19" across Hips 19" across Length from neckline to hem 46" Bodice, from neckline to waist seam 18 1/4"
Research dates this dress to the early to mid 30s. It is in very nice condition for its age, with a few areas of very faint discoloration and is NOT noticeable and some of the enamel worn off of the rivets, however none are missing. My camera readily picks up on this but in person the rivets sparkle without distraction. When held in the light a few of the rivets have minor separation from the fabric, but again, not a big deal (my husband pointed it out). The volume of rivets actually have it be quite heavy, but when worn it feels anything but heavy ....
I actually wore it a LONG time ago (and WOW did it turn heads!) however I'm unsure as to the stability of the fabric. It may be best to simply display it.
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