This is a 1930s era full length black silk chiffon and lace evening gown / dress. The dress is constructed with a lace inset chiffon layer over a black silk base fabric. The sleeves are made in a below-the-elbow length, inset with lace and ruched along the outer side. The lace is made with a repeating pinwheel shape that covers the bodice and cascades down the centre front of the dress. The upper back is lined with a fleshtone chiffon, which creates a semi-nude effect and has a lace panel down either side of the back. The dress has a V shaped neckline and is cut so that the skirt falls in drapes. The dress has a multi-snap closure at the left side. There are loops for a belt, although a belt is unnecessary - it would depend on your preference, but no belt is provided.
Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a large size, please note the following measurements for fit:
Shoulders: 15 1/2” across from one shoulder/sleeve seam to the other shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeves: 17 1/2” along the outer edge
Bust: 42” around, taken under the sleeves
Waist: 36” around
Hips: 42” around
Length: 58”, measured flat
Condition: This dress is in very good condition except for a pinhead sized hole in the chiffon at the neckline (see last close-up photo). This is probably due to the original owner wearing a brooch or flower pinned in that area. It also looks to me as if they may have stitched the neckline to make it more modest - you can either leave it as is or undo it, according to your preference. Otherwise, very clean, looks like it saw little use and was well stored over the years - nice to find a dress of this era in such good condition.
This is a gorgeous 30s era evening gown - beautiful quality fabric and lace, attractive style, unusual to find a 1930s gown in a large size like this…..
Vintage 1930s Evening Gown Black Silk Chiffon & Lace Dress Size L