This is a 1930s era full length black lace evening gown / dress. The dress is constructed with lace over a black taffeta base fabric - I believe that the lace is Chantilly. It has cap sleeves, a sweetheart shaped neckline and is cut so that the skirt flares out at the bottom to form a fishtail at the back. The bodice is decorated down the centre with 13 matching lace covered buttons and the dress has a metal zipper closure at the left side.
Sizing: No size is indicated, and although this should fit a medium to large size, please note the following measurements for fit:
Shoulders: 26” across, including the cap sleeves
Bust: 38” around, taken under the sleeves - you might want this to be a little loose
Waist: 31” around
Hips: 38”-39” around
Length: 59”, measured flat
Condition: This dress is in very good condition except for a few mend areas to the lace in the back at the seat area (see last close-up photo), fairly minor. There is a metal “stay” along the right edge of the neckline gap above buttons, but the left one is missing - easy to replace, but not necessary to replace. Otherwise, the lace appears to be strong and the dress definitely has life left in it.
This is a very attractive 30s era evening gown - lovely quality lace, nice style, unusual to find a 1930s gown in a larger size like this…..