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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 Silk Black Velvet and Lace Dress with Ermine Trim

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1920s Silk Black Velvet and Lace Dress with Ermine Trim SZ L

This early 1920s evening dress has a great shape for the period, with a deep armholes and wide kimono sleeves. This could look boxy, but as the sides and upper sleeves are sheer lace, the body line shows quite well. The dress is black silk velvet with a light silk lace with medallion pattern and ermine trim at the bateau neckline. There is a black satin ribbon sash, with a square rosette of ribbon loops and ermine tails with long streamers at the left side front. The dress is unlined, so undergarments will show!

Label: None

Size: Bust: approx. 40", Low Waist: 40", Hips: approx. 54", Shoulders: approx. 15.5", Sleeves: 20", Shoulder to Low Waist: 19", Shoulder to Hem: 48", Hem Sweep: 56".

Condition: No spots, holes or stains. The lace at the top of the sleeve cap has been backed with black net and there are several small, discreet mends there.

Price: $210
1930s Hot Pink Silk Satin Bias Cut Vintage Evening Dress

Order #D2433
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1930s Hot Pink Silk Satin Bias Cut Vintage Evening Dress SZ S

I believe in Britain these dresses were called ‘cinema satins’, presumably after the examples shown in American film, most notably on Jean Harlow. I have handle only one other in the color and style in the last 25 years, so you know they don’t come up every day!
This dress is a lightweight silk charmeuse, no lining or structure, just wonderful seaming and use of the straight grain on the diagonal and the bias grain on the vertical lines. The skirt is quite full at the front and back, and slim at the sides to give it the really long line. There are no closures, it just slides on.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 34"-35", Waist: 16" - 28", Hips: 34" - 36", Shoulder to Waist: approx. 16", Shoulder to Hem: 59", Hem Sweep: 126".

Condition: Very Good, and clean, with a few stains right at the hem and low back hip as shown. The straps have been reinforced with nude netting as both had wear right at the top. The armhole edges have been re-stitched, and there is a small break in the fabric at the neckline as shown. 2-3 Pin dot holes. Some of the machine stitching has been reinforced.

Price: $250

1920s Black Silk Velvet Vintage Dress with Shirring

Order #2444
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1920s Black Silk Velvet Vintage Dress with Shirring SZ M-L

This 1920s dress has wonderfully textural shirring details at the sleeves, neckline and front hips. The shirring drapes the fabric and gives the dress definition. The front has a long opening from neck to waist that is backed by a cream silk satin panel. The neckline hooks and there are side snaps. The waist is slightly dropped, but not extreme as you can see from the waist seam placement at the back. The long sleeves are full at the forearm and taper to a fitted wrist with snap closure. The back bodice is cut with a shoulder yoke that extends into a dropped armhole.

Label: None

Size: Bust: 44", Low Waist: 36", Hips: 48", Shoulders: 15" - 16", Sleeves:26", CB Neck to Waist: 18", CB Neck to Hem: 53", Hem Sweep: 66".

Condition: No spots, holes or stains. The modesty panel is as originally attached at the waist and shoulders, but is free in between. With a lot of arm movement, there could be some exposure of a slip.

Price: $125
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
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

Order #D2377
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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
1930s Art Deco Vintage Brown Velvet Dress

Order #D2352
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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

Order #2339
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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

Order #D2346
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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

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

Order #D2235
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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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