This is an early 1920s, rose colored, pane silk velvet flapper dress which is decorated with silk velvet and silver metallic flowerettes that have been applied to the dress in a cascade of three falling down the left front. Silver metallic fabric finishes the neckline and the armholes. There is a six inch deep hem of silver metallic fabric inside the dress. This metallic fabric peeks out with movement of the gown when worn or sitting with the legs crossed.
The dress is in good vintage condition. It presents beautifully. There is some random and light crushing of the velvet fabric here and there on the bodice mainly with a small amount randomly scattered on the skirt. It is all very minimal and does not show. None of this takes away at all. The dress is very rich in color and dense in the fabric. This is not thin pane silk velvet fabric but a thick velvet, a more heavy weight than was usually used during the 1920s. There are no holes or rips or stains in the dress. There is some shredding of the metallic fabric at the armholes. Someone has loop stitched one armhole. It is not professionally stitched, and it needs to be redone to restore the armhole properly. The other armhole has been left alone, and it shows the metallic thread shredding at the bottom of the armhole. This can easily be fixed by replacing the fabric and stitching it to the armholes. There is no underarm staining. There is a slight bit of shred showing on one of the metallic petals on the top flower. This can be stitched or left. It does not show except upon extremely close inspection. These are the only flaws that I can find. The dress does not have a lining, and I do not believe that it ever did.
Inside the neckline at the back someone has written the letters "OLSON". This is not visible from the outside or when the dress is worn. It may have been a chorus girl's dress or a dress worn in an early Hollywood film. If the dress could only talk!
Inside the hip area on each side are boned stays each with a fabric loop. I believe these were placed inside the dress to keep the hips puffed out at the sides. It was a look in the 20s fashions that lasted for about two years. The dress has a modest scoop neckline, no bust line darts, and a drop waist. The skirt is very full and wide. The skirt is meant to jut outwards at the hips but stay rather flat in the front and the back. The skirt was not meant to be full all the way around. This was that particular 20s style used for a short period of time. It is nice that the dress retains the boned stays so that it can be worn as intended.
This dress is a rare and beautiful example of the earliest art deco fashion.
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1920s Art Deco Rose Pane Silk Velvet & Silver Metallic Tiered Floral Decorated Flapper Dress