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

Vintage 1920s Jewel Tone Brocade Opera Coat with Fur Collar and Cuffs SZ M/L

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Vintage 1920s Jewel Tone Brocade Opera Coat with Fur Collar and Cuffs SZ M/L

This striking c. 1926 - 29 brocade coat has jewel tones of ruby, emerald and amethyst with gold scrolls and flowers on a black satin ground. The pattern placement on the back is perfect. The collar is huge! And the matching cuffs are quite deep. The coat has a low waist with a very slight blouson at the back, and a kimono sleeve with setback seam. This sleeves has a series of pin tucks at the elbow to shape it. This is lined in a cream satin with gold lame border of roses and has a small pocket as shown.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 48", High Hips: 43", Shoulders: 17"-18", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Hem: 43", Hem Sweep: 46"

Condition: The cuffs have been relined in a cream satin. The exterior coat is excellent. No holes, stains or repairs. The lining has "Sample" written in ink at the center back. This was purchased from the design inspiration collection of J. Peterman. It is not a reproduction.

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Vintage 1920s Exotic Black Silk Coat with Outstanding Red Velvet Trim and Embroidery

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Vintage 1920s Exotic Black Silk Coat with Outstanding Red Velvet Trim, & Embroidery SZ S

This stunning 1927 - 28 coat is beautifully done in black silk taffeta in the straight, almost tubular line of the late 1920s. The ethnic - perhaps Indian inspired? - trim work is outstanding. This is done red velvet with black chain stitch embroidery and is used in bands along the fronts, collar, sleeves and the interior facings. Then it is used in large paisley motifs at the front hems as well. All of this is has a dark metallic thread embroidery in geometric and botehs around it. The coat lining is red silk velvet to match the trim.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40", Waist: 42", Hips: 44", Shoulders: 14", Sleeves: 23", CB Neck to Hem: 43", Hem Sweep: 52"

Condition: Excellent. No holes, stains or repairs, bit there is light wear on the interior hem.

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1920s - 30s Art Deco Print Vintage Dress in Purple Coral and Black

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1920s - 30s Art Deco Print Vintage Dress in Purple Coral and Black SZ S

This c. 1927 - 1930 cotton soft voile print dress has a great color combination of purple, coral and black on a white ground. The pattern has large coral and black chrysanthemums on a ground of purple leaves. The dress has a revere collar, white cotton ties, a detached self-hip sash and black bindings. The flared skirt is set on in scallops at the thigh level with black cotton binding there and at the hem. This is a very soft and slightly sheer dress. No closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 34", Hips: 38", Shoulders: 14.5", CB Neck to Hem: 39.5", Hem Sweep: 84"

Condition: The black dye has faded in the print. One spot as shown on the tie end, holes or repairs.

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1920s Vintage Black Silk Satin Dress with Blue Wool Trim, Beading and Lace SZ L

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1920s Vintage Black Silk Satin Dress with Blue Wool Trim, Beading & Lace SZ L

I find this a fascinating combination of the later 18th C. and the 1920s.This nice sized c. 1924-5 silk satin dress has wonderful 18th C inspired ribbon ruching or robings curving along the side fronts and sleeves. The neckline also shows the 18th C. influence, as do the elbow length sleeves with lace frill and the curved and gathered side panels of the skirt. These bring to my mind panniers.The collar has a wired stand at the back, popular in the 1910s, and the square front neckline is finished with a cream lace. The front panel is blue wool with an inset of cream chiffon tucks down the center, outlined with bright yarn embroidery and beads. The dress opens at the side front and there is a cream silk under bodice with petersham waistband as is often seen in early 1920s construction.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 38", Waist: Interior bodice: 28", exterior Dress 40", High Hip: 42", Shoulders: 14", Sleeves: 13.5", CB Neck to Waist: 17", CB Neck to Hem: 47", Hem Sweep: 112"

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

Price: $275
1930s Green and Ivory Cotton Print Vintage Day Dress NWOT SZ L

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1930s Green and Ivory Cotton Print Vintage Day Dress NWOT SZ L

This c. 1932 cotton print dress has a sweet green triangle print on an ivory ground. Like so many cotton day dresses of the early 30s, it has white cotton bias binding trims and finishes, patch pockets, front kick pleats, and an attached belt. This one also has a row of mother-of-pearl buttons at the V neckline. This dress still has its paper tag and I doubt very much it has ever been washed or worn.

Label: Paper tag, Vat Dyed Fast color

Size: Labeled a 40. Bust: 44", Waist: 44", Hips: 48", Shoulders: 17", CB Neck to Waist: 17.5", Waist to Hem: 25", Hem Sweep: 56"

Condition: Crisp, and appears unworn. Light tan soiling at right front skirt near hem. No holes or repairs.

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>1920s Indian Tan Silk Coat with Shisa Mirror Work SZ M/L

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1920s Indian Tan Silk Coat with Shisa Mirror Work SZ M/L

This c. 1925 - 30 natural tan silk coat is an example of the style made in India for export using and sold in the Middle East and Asia. These combined local embroidery techniques and trims with fashionable silhouette and must have been rather popular with Western tourists. This coat is duster weight. The colorful embroidered and appliquéd bands with Indian shisa mirror work are at the collar, cuffs and hem. The front closes with 3 buttons and hand worked buttonholes.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 43", Waist: 45", Hips: 48", Shoulders: 15", Sleeves: 22", CB Neck to Hem: 41", Hem Sweep: 52"

Condition: Very Good, with no holes or repairs, but a general dinginess and light marks as shown on the back shoulder throughout.

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1920s Beaded and Fringed Midnight Blue Silk Chiffon Vintage Dress

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1920s Beaded and Fringed Midnight Blue Silk Chiffon Vintage Dress SZ S

This early 1920s dress has wonderful clear glass beading on am ethnic style on the gathered chiffon skirt, the outer sleeves and the neckline. It also has beaded loop fringe at the sleeve hems and zigzag skirt hem. The chiffon is used over a matching silk satins. There is a soft chiffon sash at the slightly dropped waist. The dress closes with snaps at the side front. A lovely dress with nice movement.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34", Low Waist: 30", Hips: Free, Shoulders: 13", Sleeves: 14", Shoulder to Low Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 31", Hem Sweep of lining: 56"

Condition: Very Good, with no spots. There are two repairs at the left underarm (one is a section backed with silk chiffon using hand stitches, the other is a matching chiffon square piece seamed in at the underarm seam, and a break in the chiffon near those, all as shown.

Price: $215
1930s Vintage Pink Lace Belted Dress SZ M Petite

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1930s Vintage Pink Lace Belted Dress SZ M Petite

This is a charming pink lace dress from the late 1930s, or very early 1940s. The bodice has waist tucks and radiating neckline darts with a curved neckline. The bodice closes at center front with hidden Bakelite buttons, while the puffed sleeves have gathers, hem tucks and sleeve headers. The skirt has knife pleats across the front breaking from the hip level. Side snap closure, and what appears to be the original belt in white rayon cordé thread with white plastic slide buckle.

Label: None

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 30", Hips: 36", Shoulders: 13", Sleeves: 10.5", CB Neck to Waist: 14", Waist to Hem: 27", Hem Sweep: 52"

Condition: Very Good. One discoloration on the front skirt as shown. This has been hand washed. No holes or other spots.

Price: $75
1920s Art Deco Vintage Tunic Evening Dress in Beaded Cut Velvet

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1920s Art Deco Vintage Tunic Evening Dress in Beaded Cut Velvet SZ S

Actually, this isn’t a dress. It’s a 1920s long tunic with sash over a coordinating slip with silk skirt. But it sure functions as a dress, although I could see the tunic being used separately. The cut velvet or devore velvet has a great floral pattern that is almost tropical in effect. The sash matches, and both the tunic and sash are beaded with jet at the hems, as are the sleeves. The small beads outline the pattern of the pile. The slip has a crepe top, with a black silk satin skirt. The tunic pulls on with shoulder snaps on the left.

Label: none

Size: Tunic: Bust: 36", Waist: 34", Hips: 40”, Shoulders: 17", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Hem: 30".
Slip: Bust: 34”, Hips: 38", Shoulder to Hem: 51", Hem circumference: 62

Condition: Excellent. No holes or stains.

RESERVED Price: $195
1930s Art Deco Vintage Brown Velvet Dress

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1930s Art Deco Vintage Brown Velvet Dress SZ S

This mid 1930s deep dark chocolate brown velvet dress has a great contrast collar/scarf in cafe au lait velvet, accented with carved plastic, possibly celluloid, cream buttons and belt buckle. The dress has the easy fit of the 30s. The diagonal line of the collar is balanced by rows of diagonal seaming at the right hip which fall into a full gore on the right side of the skirt. Side hook and bar closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 30", Hips: 37”, Shoulders: 16", Sleeves: 24", CB Neck to Waist: 15.5", CB Neck to Hem: 30.5”, Hem circumference: 64"

Condition: The collar has darkened long the neckline and there is one mended hole as shown. In the center full length view, the location is marked by a red arrow. This is 4.5” above hem. No other issues.

Price: $135
1930s Vintage Evening Dress in Teal Lace

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1930s Vintage Evening Dress in Teal Lace SZ XS

This later 1930s lace dress Is a wonderful shade of teal blue. It has a long , slim line with a flared skirt, long sleeves and an open collar line. The color is set off by a coordinating taffeta slip that may be a later addition. The dress has a matching belt. It’s simple dress, but the color makes it. The dress closes on the side with snaps and hooks, the slip on the side with a metal zipper.
Label: none

Size: Bust: 34", Waist: 27", Hips: 36”, Shoulders: 14", Sleeves: 22", CB Neck to Waist: 17",Waist to Hem: 40”.

Condition: The dress is very good, with a few discreet lace mends. The belt buckle is soiled and frayed. The slip is excellent.

Price: $115
1920s Black Chiffon and Mercury Silver Beaded Dress with Scroll Pattern

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1920s Black Chiffon and Mercury Silver Beaded Dress with Scroll Pattern SZ L

A stunning dress. This early 1920s evening dress is completely covered in mercury silver glass bugle beads. It's a classic 20s tube shape with scoop neckline and sleeveless cut. The beading pattern cleverly uses negative space to form a large scrollwork pattern front and back. The cut is a bit deceptive - the front wraps under the back of the dress at the hips with plain chiffon used to make an underskirt across the back. The back panel hangs free form the low waist to the hem, where it is hand sewn to the front at the sides, causing the front panels to drape a bit there. The back skirt lining has a small placket separate from the side snap closures. You have to look for it! Side snap closures at the left shoulder as well, and the neck and armholes have a bound finish.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 40", Low Waist: 40", Hips - 42" - 44", Shoulders: 17", Shoulder to Low Waist 21", Shoulder to Hem: 49", Hem circumference: 54"

Condition: Excellent. The fabric is strong and has no holes or discolorations. The beading has been gone over and restored and at this point, I'd say 99.9% intact. I can't promise there isn't a missing bead or that one won't fall off in the future - there are just so many. Actually, no one cam promise that on a dress of this type and age. But many hours were spent securing and replacing missing beads.

Price: $395
Late 1920s - Early 1930s Black Women's Wool Vintage Bathing Suit or Swim Suit by Catalina

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Late 1920s - Early 1930s Black Women's Wool Vintage Bathing Suit or Swim Suit by Catalina

This bathing suit is in remarkable condition and dates post 1928 when Pacific Knitting Mills changed the name to the now famous Catalina. This suit is a woman's, with a curved bust seam, skirted body and trunks underneath. It's a long suit. The tank style shoulders have a one button closure on the left. The legs are there, just not visible on the mannequin. The wool is a dense knit. And the flying fish logo is on the hip of course.

Label: Catalina Pacific Knitting Mills Worn by the Stars of Hollywood

Size: Bust: 30"-36", Waist: 27" - 30", Hips: 32"- 37", Shoulder to Waist: 18", Waist to Hem: 16"

Condition: Excellent. No holes, fades, stains or mends.

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Vintage 1930s Floral Chiffon Dress with Black, Red, Yellow White Tulips

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Vintage 1930s Floral Chiffon Dress with Black, Red, Yellow & White Tulips

This early 1930s chiffon dress has a strong , abstract red, white and yellow tulip floral pattern on a ground of black leaves that is rather different than the usual soft palette and realistic flowers of the 1930s. The waist is at the natural placement with a matching belt and open rhinestone clasp. The soft fitting bodice has a circular capelet with draped CF neckline and is caught up at the left shoulder with a large self flower. The skirt has the typical curved hip seaming of the period.

Label: none

Size:Bust: 42", Waist: 38", Hips: 46", Shoulders: 16",CB to Waist: 15", Waist to Hem: 32", Hem Sweep: 84"

Condition: Excellent. No holes, no stains.

Price: $155

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