This dress is an original 1920s flapper dress in navy blue. It would have been worn over a spaghetti-strapped slip dress. The glass beadwork is hand sewn onto a very sheer chiffon fabric. The cut is fairly straight, as was the norm of the day.
It is rare to find dresses of this type - the heavy beading on delicate fabric tends to not last through the ages. So although this dress has some flaws, it is a really nice piece and just beautiful. It could be used as a display piece as-is, or could be restored. If worn we strongly suggest this be done with care and that it be carefully gone over for loose threads ahead of time to prevent further loss of beading.
The fabric is in surprisingly good condition - there is small frayed spot on one shoulder (see picture), and there is a tear in the fabric along a seam under the decorative flap in the back (well, we think its the back...). Because of the placement and nature of this tear we believe it could be repaired and it is hidden. The dress has had loss of beads, the largest areas are shown in the pictures. We believe it could be pretty easily restored by someone with patience and the desire to do so, as most of the loss would be straight line sewing to fix. Lastly, there are one or two spots some re-stitching of seams may be needed, including tacking it at the neck or adding a hook and eye. It is priced to reflect the current condition.
This dress is meant to be worn loose and flowing. It is cut straight, and measures about 40" across the bust, waist area, and hips. It is about 50" long.
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