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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.



Order #D2376
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1920s Golden Pumpkin Velvet Vintage Dress SZ  S - M

This is a lovely color - pumpkin with gold highlights. And a nice example of the transitional  line from the 20s to the 30s. Orange tones were popular during the 1920s, and this is the prettiest tone of it I have seen yet. The bodice is long waisted, with a bit of dart shaping, a scalloped hip line and a gathered skirt. The waist seam and sleeves seams are piped. The ling sleeves has an unusual gathered puff that falls into a snap cuff. The front of the bodice closes with decorative covered buttons over snaps all the way down. The lace collar and large metal and Bakelite cameo are original. The cameo is a sewn on piece, not a brooch.

Label: None

Size: Bust: 36", Waist: 39", High Hip: 33", Shoulders: 14", Sleeves: 26", CB Neck to High Hip: 18", Neck to Hem: 44", Hem Sweep: 114"

Condition:  Very Good. Some surface marks to the velvet, some dinginess as shown at the underarm, and some orange paint loss to the cameo. No holes.

SOLD!  


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 cord 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


Order #H838
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1920s Vintage Black Velvet and Satin Cloche Hat with Wide Brim

This picture hat is in the wide brimmed cloche fashion of the early 1920s. It is even possibly c. 1919. The fir is quite low on the head, with bands of velvet and satin silk in a soft crown over the buckram base. The wide, asymmetric  brim is velvet, with a satin sash worked through a slot in the brim itself. The sash is finished around the crown with a silk rosette and plush button.

Labels: None

Condition: Excellent. The hat has been relined in black silk.

Size: Crown: 22.25 Brim overall: 15.5 X 12.5

Price: $95 


Order #D2354
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Tunic Evening Dress in Beaded Cut Velvet SZ S

Actually, this isnt a dress. Its 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.

Price: $195


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


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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. Its 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


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


Order #MB538
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1920s Beaded Black Egyptian Revival Tunic   

This 1920s tunic has really outstanding motif , all in the Egyptian hieroglyphic style. The cut is  unusual, with a short front and very long back. It's a large size as well. The black heavy chiffon is beaded  allover, with shaped patterns at the neck and armholes. There are pharaohs, queens, vultures, wasps, owls,  cows?, cartouches, water signs, just everything.  I think this would look wonderful over a  short dress or even dressy pants, or displayed against the light.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 48", Waist: 46", Shoulders: 18",  Shoulder to Waist Front: 20", Shoulder to Waist Back: 18�, Shoulder to Hem Back: 50" 

Condition: This has been restored, as the seams were  basted in white thread. The side and shoulder seams were re-stitched by hand. All the beading is intact and there may be one or two missing, but I don't think so. There are  no holes or stains. I do think this was altered at the shoulders in another life, as to make it hang properly, on shoulder seam is deeper than the other. Whether it was always short in the front, I do not know - if altered it is certainly a very old alteration and well done.
 
Price: $1025
 

Order #MI601
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1920s Appliqued Black Wool Vintage Bathing Suit or Swim Suit by Bentzknit  

This 1920s suit dates prior to 1928 when Bentzknit aka Pacific Knitting Mills became known as the  now famous Catalina. Is it a man's or a woman's? It's pretty Unisex. The tank style was worn by both sexes. There is a skirt over the trunks section, the legs are just visible in the back views. The wool is a dense knit, with Art Deco style taupe and red knit appliques at the shoulder and hip.

Label: BentzKnit Ribstitch All Wool Copyright 1920 by Pacific Knitting Mills Los Angeles, CA

Size: Bust: 34"- 40", Waist: 32"-38", Hips: 38"- 44", Shoulder to Waist: 18", Waist to Hem: 13"

Condition: Excellent.  No holes, fades, stains or mends except for the two shown in the appliques at the hip.

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Order #MI602
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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. 

Price: $125 

Order #MB522
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1920s Beautiful Black Velvet Cloche Hat with Metallic Flowers

This dramatic oval brimmed hat is c. 1918 - 1924. The main fabrics are black silk velvet and a gold metallic and black striped silk. The appliqued flowers are done in both fabrics in contrast to the base. In addition , the flowers are edged with couched ribbons and have ribbon centers . The leaves are embroidered in gold thread. There is a gold cord around the brim edge, and the brim lining is the velvet. The hat is lined in black silk.

 Label: none

Size:  Crown: 23", Brim Overall: 16" X 13.5"

Condition: Excellent, the lining is original and intact. The only flaws are three wrap losses to the strip fabric on the crown. 

RESERVED Price: $195 


Order #D2272
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Vintage 1930s - 1940s Black Velvet Evening Gown SZ S

This deep black velvet dress form the very late 1930s to 1940s, has a draped or ruched bust line, narrow straps, ruffled neckline and a boned bodice. The ruffle is lined with a periwinkle silk . The skirt is flared with nice movement. This closes on the side with a metal zipper. The surface of the velvet has a panne effect.

Label: none

Size - S. Bust: 34" , Waist: 25" , Hips: 38",Shoulder to Waist: 15.5�, Waist to Hem: 43", Hem circumference: 114"

Condition - Very Good - wearable, no holes or stains. The straps have been replaced as the originals have been cut off.  

Price: $95
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
Sleek 1920s Black Velvet Flapper Dress with the Best Buckle

Order #MB425
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Sleek 1920s Black Velvet Flapper Dress with the Best Buckle;

This deep black velvet dress is a later 20s style with a very straight fit. The bodice is composed of wide silk velvet ribbons stitched together with faggotting in a diagonal pattern. The skirt is a straight cut with a shirred panel at the center front for movement. The low waist is defined with a wide sash that is set off with a rhinestone set buckle and rhinestone set rings. There is an interior silk slip that keeps the bodice in a blouson shape. As you can see, the faggot-ted lines of stitching are open and show the skin in the shoulder area. The ecru lace collar adds relief at the neckline and softens the effect of the dress. No closures at all - a slip over the head dress.

Label: none

Size: Bust: 36" , Shoulders: 15", Low Waist: 36", Shoulder to Low Waist: 21.5" and to Hem: 40", Hem Sweep: 50"

Condition: Excellent. The velvet has no stains or holes. Velvet nap is in good condition.The black silk skirt lining does have some light areas and pin dot holes.

Price: $95


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