This is a 1930s era full length black crepe evening gown / dress with large cap sleeves made of lace, supported by millinery type “horsehair” at the top. The bottom of the dress is finished with 16” lace panel, weighted by, again, millinery horsehair, over the crepe fabric. I think that the crepe is silk based, given its weight - it’s possibly rayon, but I’m definitely leaning towards silk. The dress has a beautiful line due to some tucks at the centre back and also by it being cinched by the matching belt and given the lace detailing. It has a high, straight across the neck neckline and an open square back (see photo). The dress has a zipper closure at the left side back. It is unlined.
Label: No label
Material: As mentioned, crepe, probably silk, beautiful quality, wonderful texture and movement / lace
Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a medium to large size, please note the following measurements for fit:
Shoulders: 16” across from one shoulder/sleeve seam to the other shoulder/sleeve seam
Bust: 37” around, taken under the sleeves
Waist: 31” around uncinched
Hips: 38” around
Length: 57”, measured flat
Condition: This dress is in very good condition - a couple of tiny “picks” in the fabric, but otherwise, very clean, looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years.
This is a fabulous 30s era evening gown - beautiful fabric, interesting lace sleeves, gorgeous style, sophisticated and classy!
Vintage 1930s Evening Gown Black Crepe Dress with Lace Cap Sleeves Size M L