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1920s & 1930s Fashion
Welcome to the world of the 1920s and 30s, with beaded gowns, flapper dresses, cloches and both the Depression Era
glamour of bias cut 1930s evening dresses and the preview of shoulder pads on the eve of war.

 Vintage 1930s Cream Silk and Lace Dress SZ S
Order #D2706
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Vintage 1930s Cream Silk and Lace Dress SZ S

This simple, unlined, mid 1930s dress appears to have been home sewn. It is a lightweight crepe de chine with lace yoke and sleeves. It has a loose fitting bodice, front skirt yoke and straight skirt with stitched down pleats that release at the knee level. The topstitching isn't the best, which is part of why I think it was home sewn.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37", Waist: 28", Hips: 36", Shoulders: 16", CB Neck to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 29", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: has been handwashed. There are some pinkish areas on the back bodice. The neckline binding has flaws as shown. This dress was a slip over the head with no placket or closure and as such was too narrow in the waist to fit over the shoulders of even my SZ 2 dress form. We have had a small placket in matching silk added at the left side with a waist hook and 2 snaps. If you want an all original dress, this would be easy to remove and re-stitch the side seam. No holes.

Price: $75
1930s Vintage White Rayon Gab Swing Back Suit SZ M
Order #D2701
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1930s Vintage White Rayon Gab Swing Back Suit SZ S/M

We just don't see these white rayon gabardine summer weight suits from the 1930s anymore. This one is wonderfully styled with a 1/2 belted swing back jacket with deep cuffs and patch pockets. The front button closure is a narrow double breasted set up with old gold metal buttons. There are no shoulder pads and it is unlined. The skirt closes with a side metal zipper and has a short split vent at the center front.

Label: remains of a "Tailored by" label.

Size: Jacket: Bust: 44", Waist: Belt is 27" to 30.5", Hips: Free, Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Hem: 24".
Skirt: Waist: 26", Hips: 35", Waist to Hem: 27.5", Hem Sweep: 48".

Condition: Clean, no spots, no holes. The belt backing had dried out and broken up and has been replaced with white belt backing.

Price: $175
 Vintage 1920s Black Chiffon & Velvet Dress
Order #D2685
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Vintage 1920s Black Chiffon & Velvet Dress SZ S

This one is a lovely example of the contrast of sheer chiffon and opaque velvet. This long sleeved mid 1920s dress has a built in chiffon slip with straps. Everything else is attached to this - the crossover bodice with cut-in-one lapels and tie-wrist sleeves, the gathered chiffon skirt with two wide bands of silk velvet, and the floating velvet side panels that fall in points. The drops waist has a narrow silk band. No closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 35", Low Waist: 37", Hips: 48", Shoulders: 15.5", Sleeves: 22.75", CB to Low Waist: 22", Low Waist to Hem: 21.5". Hem Sweep: Lining: 49", Chiffon: 74"".

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains. This has been ozone treated.

Price: $210
1930s Vintage Black Chiffon & Cream Lace Evening Dress by Franklin Simon
Order #D2682
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1930s Vintage Black Chiffon & Cream Lace Evening Dress by Franklin Simon SZ M/L

1930s dresses with labels just aren't that common. This vintage mid 1930s evening dress is black chiffon over black silk crepe de chine with a black and cafe au lait chiffon inner bodice. This has lovely cafe au lait lace band which shows through the sheer outer layer. The sleeves are floating circles and the skirt has the characteristic deep curved yoke with very full skirt. There is a matching belt at the easy waist. There are also the small center back neckline tucks often seen in the 1920s and 30s. We show this with a necklace and a rhinestone dress clip that are Not Included.

 Franklin Simon Co. was founded in 1902, with the main store at 414 5th Ave at 38th St. in 1903. The store changed hands several times from 1936 on and closed in 1979 as part of City Stores.

Label: Franklin Simon & Co. Fifth Avenue, N.Y.

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 32", Hips: 42", Shoulders: 15", CB to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 38". Hem Sweep: Lining: 58", Chiffon: 216".

Condition: The upper chiffon yoke (above the lace) had been replaced at some point with a pink nylon. This is been removed and the yoke is now a matching silk chiffon with roll hemmed finish. Two small holes in chiffon skirt near hem as shown, no stains. This has been ozone treated.

Price: $165
1920s Green Print Chiffon Vintage Dress & Jacket Set
Order #D2679
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1920s Green Print Chiffon Vintage Dress & Jacket Set SZ S/M

This charming two piece set is mid 1920s in a print chiffon in green, cream and black. The print has a bamboo effect with flowers in roundels. The dress is sleeveless with a V neck, a triple tier of hem flounces and a silk lining, a small front drape and the back neck has pin-tucks. The chiffon jacket is unlined, with straight fronts, bound edges and long sleeves. The pattern has been placed to match the pattern of the dress underneath when worn.

Label: none

Size: Dress: Bust: 38", Low Waist: 40", Shoulders: 15", CB Neck to Low Waist: 20", Neck to Hem: 41", Hem Sweep: 44".
Jacket: Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 22.5", CB Neck to Hem: 24.5".

Condition: Excellent but for one tan spot as shown, plus one more similar. The jacket has a small discreet handsewn mend at the right back shoulder blade as shown.

Price: $245
Ladies Vintage 1930s Blue Knit Swimsuit NRA Label
Order #MI689
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Ladies Vintage 1930s Blue Knit Swimsuit NRA Label SZ S

Love these 1930s knit bathing suits! This one is a combination blue and white knit with a heathered effect. The coordinated knit straps are blue, red and black. These are set in a X for the back, always a neat look. The suit has the typical short interior legs of the time. And with the NRA Blue Eagle label, it's easy to date to 1933 - 1935.

Label:Fine Sportwear made under the Knitted Outerwear Code Authority NRA

Size: Take Unstretched then stretched. Bust: 26" to 32", Waist:21" to 24", Hips: 28" to 34", Shoulder to Crotch: 28.25".

Condition: Clean. No stains. One area on the front where the blue fibers have broken, but the white have not. Suit has an overall, even fade. The trunks are brighter underneath the skirt.

Price: $105