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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.

1920s Vintage White Irish Poplin Uniform Dress from Filene’s Size L

Day dress or Uniform? That’s is the question. When we acquired this dress, it was starched, starched, starched. So, I am inclined to think uniform – probably a nurse's? I found ads in the early 1920s advertising this fabric in nursing uniforms. Today? Wear it however you want. The mother-of-pearl buttons are functional and removable for laundry as are the cufflinks on the French cuffs. The front is open to well below the waist. So, the belt functions to keep it closed there. There are belt loops. The belt shown will be included, but it is a newer cotton belt with on 1920s buckle. It’s just a hair whiter then the dress.

Label: Filene’s Boston, Mass. Crest Brand Made of Burton’s Irish Poplin Trademark Made in U.S.A. of Finest Cotton Grown

Size: Bust: 43”, Low Waist: 50”, Hips: 52”, Shoulders: 15.5”, Sleeves: 24”, CB Neck to Hem: 47”, Hem Sweep: 59”. Has 6” hem.

Condition: No holes, washed and pressed. There are a few tan spots yet, as shown on the collar, one pocket and the left back shoulder blade area.

Price: $85
1930s Vintage Black Chantilly Lace Evening Tunic Over Blouse Size S
Order #B397
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1930s Vintage Black Chantilly Lace Evening Tunic Over Blouse Size S

This charming 1930s lace over blouse or tunic would have been intended to be worn over a matching slip or coordinating evening dress for dinner. In the 1930s and 40s, dinner dresses were not as bare in the shoulder and arms as evening or ball gowns. The style was for a dress that looked good while seated at a dining table, which meant more attention and detail in the bodice than a dress with narrow straps could accomplish. Sometimes these dressy tunics were easily removable for a dance after dinner. This one wouldn’t have been. It’s a black Chantilly type lace with long sleeves and a dee flared peplum. The stand neckline closes with a self-tie and a row of functional metal buttons with tiny rhinestones and loops, while the skirt has a row of some buttons at the center front. The closure is on the side with snaps and a hook. There are wide crochet belt loops – a velvet or satin sash would look wonderful.

Label: None

Size: Bust: 35”, Waist: 26”, Hips: 38”, Shoulders:14”, Sleeves: 20.5”, CB Neck to Waist: 15.5”, Waist to Hem Front: 18”, Hem Sweep: 52”.

Condition: Lovely. All buttons present, lace in good condition, no stains or holes.

Price: $125

Order #D2574
1920s Black Silk Chiffon and Velvet Vintage Dress with Great Rhinestone Buckle SZ L

What a great 1920s dress in rayon chiffon with zig zag velvet appliques (the cord trimmed edges! The shoulder pin tucks!). The velvet is used at the lower portion of the bodice, and the front corner flap of the overskirt as well as the softly draped sash and the cuffs of the sleeves. The sash is held by a decorative metal buckle with enamel work, chasing and square rhinestones. The dress has an attached lining with nude tone silk yoke and black silk crepe body. This dress is intended to fit easily, with a bit of fit at the dropped waist. There are no closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 42”, Low Waist: 40”, Hips: 48”, Shoulders: 16”, Sleeves: 22”, CB Neck to Low Waist: 20.5”, to Hem: 45”, Hem Sweep: lining: 52”, Outer chiffon 59” 

Condition: Exterior is excellent, no spots, stains and only one small 1/8” break at the right back shoulder. The nude tone slip yoke has deteriorated and has been replaced with a matching silk with hand rolled edges. This is mounted by hand to the dress neckline. 

Price: $250
Early 1920s Deep Cream Silk Satin and Art Deco Lace Vintage Dress
Order #D2581B
Early 1920s Deep Cream Silk Satin and Art Deco Lace Vintage Dress

This early 1920s dress has a fantastic Art Deco silk lace skirt overlay with a silk satin bodice and underskirt. The matching sleeve panels are attached to a silk slip type underbodice. The lace is embellished on the skirt with gathered roundels of silk ribbon and on the sleeves with ribbon edging. The outer bodice is a tabard style with open sides and soft tucks. The skirt is gathered. Plus! This has the boned pannier hoops occasionally seen in the early 20s skirts. Side closures with hooks and snaps. There was a sash at one time- there are still some snaps for it at the side.We will include the silk teddy that came with the dress. It has lovely tatting lace at the neckline and tucks at the front and back bust.

Label: none
Size: Dress: Bust: 34”, Low Waist: 31”, Hips: Full, Shoulders: 14”, Shoulder Neck to Waist: 18” Waist to Hem: 30”, Hem Sweep: Lining 49”, Lace 80” Teddy: Bust: 36”, Hips: 44”, Full Girth: 71”, Shoulder to Hem: 32”.

Condition: Exterior is good, with a repair under the shoulder snaps that is hidden when fastened, a spot on the front bodice a shown. And two small holes where the sash was attached at the left side. The ribbon trim is deteriorating – there is shredding in several places. Plus, one spot and a hole as shown at the hem area of the lace skirt. The underskirt has a large, but very faint moisture ring type spot. This has been washed. The ribbon straps of the slip have losses and have been reinforced with silk.
The attendant silk teddy has replacement straps, and a large hand sewn backing where the silk tore at the hem of the body where it snaps onto the crotch straps. There are holes are as shown. But as it appears to have been original with the dress, we will include it.

Price: $110
1920s Coral Beaded Silk Chiffon Party Dress SZ S
Order #D2573 
1920s Coral Beaded Silk Chiffon Party Dress SZ S

This early 1920s dress is a great color and has lovely beading. Please know it also has flaws. More than we usually offer here, but we couldn’t resist the color. We’ll detail those lower down the page. It’s a persimmon silk chiffon over a silk slip with a dropped waist, loose fit and four gathered panels to the overskirt. The beading is done in silver bugles, both long and short, and pearl beads with wax centers. The closures are on the left, with snaps and a few hooks.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34”, Low Waist: 34”, Hips: 52”, Shoulders: 14”, Shoulder to Waist: 20” to Hem: 44.5”, Hem Sweep: 52”

Condition: The flaws: large loss as shown at the right front shoulder, this has been backed with a dyed to match piece of chiffon. You’ll want a corsage over this. The beading – the large bugles are intact. Quite a few small bugles are missing. Some of the pearls have been replaced with modern pearl beads, but it’s a pretty good match. There are also some small holes along the edges of the over bodice. The big issue – this was stored in a hot environment at some point, and many of the wax interiors of the pearl melted, leaving a dark waxy residue. We removed all the pearl beads, washed the dress in Orvus and lukewarm water. Any hotter would have removed more wax, but also more dye. Then we re-stitched all the pearls. Then gave it a light and quick steam. Sadly, the darker areas are still there, and I don’t think they can be removed without losing all the dye. Plus, the pearls will have to come off and on again. These areas are around all the roundels of peals and are also scattered throughout the address. So, this is a colorful dress that is sturdy enough to wear, but only in a low light situation.

 1920s Vintage Black Velvet & Moiré Evening Dress Coat SZ S
Order #O450
1920s Vintage Black Velvet & Moiré Evening Dress Coat SZ S

This lovely evening dress coat is lightweight in black velvet with a silk lining. The front panels, neck ties, cuffs and circular flounce are all in a rayon moiré. The sleeves are quite long with the added ribbon cuff, but wasn’t meant to be turned back as it is not lined and the seam would show. There are the typical 1920s back neck darts as shown. The construction on this is good, but most likely home or dressmaker made. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 38”, Waist: 38”, Hips:38”, Shoulders: 14”, Sleeves: 26.5”, CB Neck to Hem: 41”, Hem Sweep: 114”
Condition: Excellent with No stains, holes, or signs of wear. 

Price: $145
Vintage 1930s Print Silk Chiffon Day Dress in Yellows, Red & Lavender
Order #D2570B
Vintage 1930s Print Silk Chiffon Day Dress in Yellows, Red & Lavender SZ S/M

The 1930s brought us the prettiest, softest chiffon dresses. This one has a charming floral pattern in red, aqua and lavender on a soft yellow ground. The dress has a caped collar with small ruffled edge, an easy fit waist, and a tired skirt. The top circular flounce is set on with a scalloped seam. The longer tier is full and softly gathered.   There are crocheted belt loops on the side, no belt. No closures. 

Label: none

Size: Bust: 37”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 40”, Shoulders: 14”, Shoulder to Waist: 15.5”, Shoulder to Hem: 45”, Hem Sweep: 196”

Condition: No Spots or stain, no holes. The sash is missing. A ribbon would be lovely. 

Price: $185 
Vintage Late 1920s Persimmon Silk Chiffon
Dress and Jacket SZ S
Order #D2550
Vintage Late 1920s Persimmon Silk Chiffon Dress and Jacket SZ S

This late 1920s dress has a waistline that is almost back to a natural position. The sleeveless dress has a scoop neck, gently gathered waist, and skirt with horizontal pin tucking at the waist. The skirt has a curved seam to mimic a yoke, with a gathered drape on the curve and a straight handkerchief panel dropping from the vertical shirred line. This has a row of Mother of pearl dangles, the skirt has an under lap under the drapes.The matching over blouse has scalloped edges, a soft fold over collar and sleeves with a deep split flounce. There are no closures, this is a slip on dress.

Label: none 

Size: Dress: Bust: 36”, Low Waist:36”, Hips:37”, Shoulder to Low Waist: 18”, to Hem: 38”. Hem Sweep: approx. 40". 
Jacket: Bust: 36”, Shoulders: 13.5”, Sleeves: 20”, CB Neck to Hem: 17.5” 

Condition: No stains, one small hole on left shoulder blade of dress as shown, and one 1/8” at right underarm. The picot type machine edging of the jacket scallops had many losses. Most of these have been re-stitched with a narrow machine zigzag. Please see close-ups.

Vintage Late 1930s Black Crepe Evening
Dress with Gold Sequins SZ M
Order #D2568
Vintage Late 1930s Black Crepe Evening Dress with Gold Sequins SZ M

This very late 1930s to early 1940s dress is a beauty in black crepe with a sweetheart neckline, fitted body and dropped waist seam. The skirt is gored with a tulip flare at the hem. But what you are looking at is the cascade of gold sequined and glass beaded appliqués down the shirred bust to about knee length. Very effective. This is a nightclub performance dress if ever I saw one. These are fabric appliqués with sequins and beads, and the fabric matches the dress crepe. These are all hand sewn onto the gown. The side closes with a metal zipper.
Label: none

Size: Dress: Bust: 38”, Waist: 30”, Hips: 38”, Shoulder to Waist: 16.5”, Shoulder to Hem: 62”, Hem Sweep: 138”.

Condition: no spots or stains. As mentioned the appliqués are all hand sewn on.

Price: $165