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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 1920s Chocolate Brown Assuit Shawl or Stole
Order #A568
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Vintage 1920s Chocolate Brown Assuit Shawl or Stole

These 1920s Egyptian made stoles are just beautiful work and are still so very popular after all these years. This one is an unusual deep chocolate brown mesh which truly highlights the geometric brass Art Deco metalwork. The back has a large diamond pattern, the edges have a chevron border and the ends have a deep border of what look like buildings!

Label: none

Size: Width: 24", Length: 88".

Condition: No stains, one small mend as shown.

Price: $275
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: $225
 Vintage 1920s Wine & Black Devore Chiffon Beaded Flapper Dress
Order #D2673
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Vintage 1920s Wine & Black Devore Chiffon Beaded Flapper Dress SZ S/M

This dress is a wonderful Art Deco cut velvet chiffon with a chenille appearance to the velvet. It is a straight cut, no waist seam, with glass beading in rose and silver on the skirt portion. The neckline and armholes are bound off in crepe and there are 2 handkerchief hip drapes in plain black and wine chiffon attached by a covered button. No closures.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36", Low Waist: 39", Hips: 39", Shoulders: 14", CB Neck to Hem: 42", Hem Sweep: 40".

Condition: There are to areas on the front shoulders that had losses. This has been backed with a dyed to match silk chiffon. There are also several scattered breaks that have been backed as well. I would estimate that the beading is 90% intact. There are missing loops. Please see photos and close-ups. This should be stored flat to avoid hanger and weight damage.

Price: $165
 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
 Late 1930s Vintage Tropical Print Chiffon  Evening Dress by Tailored Woman SZ M
Order #D2687
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Late 1930s Vintage Tropical Print Chiffon Evening Dress by Tailored Woman SZ M

I date this wonderful tropical print chiffon dress to 1939. It could be 1940, but the deep V yoke and the lace of shoulder pads push it earlier. The address in the label dates it to at least 1939. The print is fabulous, with green leaves and white, blue, and deep rose flowers cascading down a black background. The chiffon lays over a black silk crepe de chine slip. The draped sweetheart neckline wraps at the front into an applique edge of flowers. The soft sleeves are finished with applique leaves. There is a narrow self-belt. The very full, almost circular chiffon skirt is set on a deep V yoke. Side Metal Zipper to close.

The Tailored Woman store was founded in 1919 by Eugene K. Denton on Fifth Ave, opposite the present Saks Fifth Ave. The store moved to its final location at Fifth and 57th in 1939. Mr. Denton's goal was to sell "simple, lovely clothes". He closed the store in 1967 and passed away in 1988 at the age of 99.

Labels: Tailored Woman Fifth Ave. at Fifty Seventh St. New York and Taylor Importing Original

Size: Bust: 42", Waist: 27", Hips: 44", Shoulders: 15" to 16", CB to Waist: 16", Waist to Hem: 42.5", Hem Sweep: Lining: 96", Chiffon: 220".

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

Price: $210
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: $295
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: $135