This is a vintage 20s era evening cloak or cape made by a New York millinery importer called “Florette”. The piece is made of black velvet above the waistline and a ruched woven fabric below it. The woven fabric appears to be a mix of gold metallic thread and black silk. There are two openings to allow the arms to come through that are edged with black velvet panels that emanate out from the body. The velvet is gathered on and under the collar so as to create a draped effect. The collar is rounded and can be worn up to create a more dramatic look. The interior is lined in cream coloured silk. The piece closes with three hooks and eyes.
Label: Florette Registered Millinery Importer 537 5th Avenue 44th and 45th Streets New York Paris
Sizing: No size is indicated, but it should fit a medium size. Please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the outside:
Shoulders: 17” across, approximated
Bust: 42” around
Overall length: 43", measured lying flat from the neck along the side
Condition: It is in very good condition with the exception of a fray in the area above the label (see close-up photo). The lining is silk and, although intact, is old, so care is advised to avoid future deterioration (do not store in an overly dry environment). There are a few thread pulls on the woven part, but this is quite minor and shouldn’t bother anyone. Otherwise, the exterior appears to be strong and free of pronounced wear or any soiling, staining or tearing.
This is a sophisticated cloak from a dazzling fashion period - sure to be noticed!
Vintage 1920s Evening Cloak Black Velvet & Ruched Metallic Silk Cape Florette New York Paris