A showstopping dress from the early 1920's, fabricated from the most luxurious dusty rose colored silk velvet. A slightly tapered and therefore slightly more fitted bodice than is commonly found in this art deco art form, measuring 36" at the bust and 33" at the drop waist. A knockout skirt with scads of gathered silk velvet, beautifully ruched at the sides. Regains it's original label from the boutique "Brandler Pittsburgh, PA" and "LWB". Measuring 5" longer in the back, elegantly tapering from 42" in the front to 47" in the rear. The scalloped hem is lined in 12" of lame - I can best describe the color as worn white gold, where the color of yellow gold is taking effect- echoed so beautifully by the paste and metallic appliques at the waist and the metallic lace collar of the same color. The dress snaps up the side forming a completely free underarm and opening to below the drop waist. One shoulder also snaps closed.
Nearly excellent vintage condition with a few minor notes, mentioned mostly for accuracy. The silk velvet has some tiny areas where it is lifted in the wrong direction from the rest of the fabric at the small of the back. There is one dime sized round area under the collar at the front. There is a short line of about 4" that has a wrong way pick in the velvet within one of the pleats in the front within the folds and not noticeable. Cleaning may correct these shifts. The lame lining at the hem shows some shattering, but is not fraying. Since it is an accent and is located under the hem, this should also not be a detraction. Now for the color of the velvet-the front of the skirt has an ombre or moire effect, dusty rose as a ground and horizontal bands that have a muted gold to pink appearance- so even and tasteful that it is hard to believe this was not done by design. Regardless, the dress has such a shimmering glow, and is so heavily gathered, it is not a distraction when worn. The lining is just on the bodice and it is a light silk, tattered but we left it remaining for authenticity purposes and because it contains the label.
No staining, no tears, no odors. Just a spectacular art deco treasure!