This circa 1928 sexy couture quality dress is an exceptional and rare example of the decade that captivates all vintage textile enthusiasts.
Quite simply - rare, luxurious and spectacular!
Painstakingly created on the finest backdrop of strong,lavish pale peachy-pink silk satin is an outstanding scrolling floral beaded display. Silver centered and clear seed beads and bugle beads dominate the beading on the surface of the dress. The bottom fringe consists of peach centered clear seed beads. The strands down the front of the dress are comprised of silver centered bugle beads, silver centered rounds beads (larger than those on the surface) and faceted clear crystals. The rose colored silk lining is invisibly seamed to all edges of the bodice and flows into a slip. But for the hem on the slip, all seams on this piece are hand sewn.
Not to be fooled by the elegant and more reserved neckline, the dress closes in the front with two sets of hook and eye closures in a drop-dead sexy "peek a boo" fashion. The back slats simply push the sultry into the stratosphere.
We have included a photo of two House of Worth dresses (circa 1928-29) from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The similarity between our dress and the dress in the photo is very striking. We are fairly certain the origin of our dress is French. We cannot say who's it is, but the couture quality casts a wonderful speculation.
Visually arresting textile art from the 1920's is a ROCK SOLID investment. My seasoned yet humble opinion is that dresses like this are undervalued today. Even currently, in the right auction, it could land well more than our asking price and would likely be pursued by dealer and collector alike. Properly cared for, this dress sits firmly in the appreciating asset column of your balance sheet.
Size Small - 35" Bust (when hooked), 35" Waist and Hips, 42" in length measures from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the 2" fringe.
This dress is in very good to nearly excellent vintage condition with strong wearable silk. The only real flaw we note to the silk can be seen on the top of one shoulder where the silk has worn and the sleeve piping has been exposed (about 1 1/2") Otherwise, no holes, stains, snags, pulls or fading to note. The silk is remarkably fine and beautiful. Some expected seed bead loss to the surface of the dress that would not be a detraction if not replaced, but the loose threads need attention. An estimated 15% of the bead fringe running down the front of the dress, mostly on the open bodice portion, is missing or broken. Strands from lower on the front, near the waist could easily be moved to replace those missing on the open bodice. Approximately 30% of the fringe on the bottom hem is missing.
Despite these losses, this is a rare and extraordinary dress.
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