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French Silk & Lace Dress & Cape Beaded Masterpiece, ca 1920
From the estate of an Ontario tobacco heiress, this circa 1920 unworn ensemble has been expertly stored, is one of a kind, and is worthy of museum procurement or the finest vintage textile collection. The ivory-coloured soft silk faille fabric appears like new. The point de france, vintage and antique, is exquisite. And dare I say, the beadwork of the cape (with silver gossamer-like silk backing) and the lariats and tassels would render even the ingenious designers of Miriam Haskell jewelry speechless (Yes, I adore Haskell). A rare and opulent find.
These pieces are unlabeled but were commissioned and constructed in France. We are inclined to let the photos bespeak their beauty. As always, we are available to answer any questions and we have plenty of detailed photographs which we will provide upon request.
The dress snaps up the back; the lariat and the belt are stitched to the cape and the dress respectively.
Cape: One Size; 38" long measured from shoulder to hem; Dress: Small: Bust: 35 1/2"; Empire waist: 27"; Hips: 36"; Length: 51" from shoulder to bottom hem; 14" shoulder to waist.
Condition: Excellent never worn vintage condition, as found; two surface smudges (approx. 1/2" on cape back and 1" on cap sleeve) which we did not attempt to clean; one missing stitch on the hem of the lace; one missing brass bead from the belt. The condition is truly remarkable.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: ivory, Size: small
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