This item is a genuine, spectacular, beaded flapper dress from about the mid 20s. We are still working on getting a great full length picture of this piece - hopefully you can get see the beautiful beadwork that the camera seems to be struggling to capture unless in close-up. The semi sheer fabric feels like a crepe. It is beautifully hand beaded with a combination of bugle and seed beads. The beads are clear and are cut in a way that they shimmer in the light - you can see some flashes of reflection in the pictures. Bugle beads are used around the front of the neck and the arm holes, and to make long outlines that start about the bust line and trail to the bottom of the skirt. The smaller beads are sewn in wide swaths in long diamond shapes and in rows down the front; the density of the smaller beads decreases toward the outer edges of the designs. Another decorative touch is the scooped hem in the back that is accented with two small bows sewn from the beaded fabric. The front is one solid piece, but an under skirt is sewn in starting at waist level. The skirt is slit on both sides - the front and back overlap each other on each side by about 4 - 6 inches starting at about the hip.
This dress is an approximate size 8; it is meant to be worn loosely and over spaghetti strap sheath. The cut is very straight, measuring about 38" at bust and hips. There is a deep scoop neck front and back. Skirt is two overlapping panels front and back. Total length from shoulder to the bottom of the hem is about 47". The dress is in unbelievable good condition - despite its age, the fabric is soft and supple and the dress is absolutely wearable. There are one or two minor spots where a bead or two might be missing, but it doesn't appear to be losing any additional beads. The type of beads used on this dress can still be found for sale in a bead shop, so if there is any bead loss in the future repair would be possible.
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