Rare & Extraordinary 1920s Burgundy and Gold Metallic Lame Plunge Dress
This extraordinary and exquisite 1920s bias cut gown is made from a spectacular mix of real metallic gold thread woven through a deep burgundy silk. It is truly a masterpiece and a work of art. I am extremely pleased to have it in the shop as gowns like this from this period and in this condition are becoming harder and harder to find. The color mix is superb. To find one in a mix of a deep burgundy and gold like this is very unusual. The fluidity of the fabric cannot be conveyed and it has a rich, luxurious feel to it. In person the gold is the predominant color and the mix of the real metal thread in the silk is amazing. It is done to form a floral pattern that runs over the dress from shoulder to hem. The cut is very simple but extremely well executed with wide straps extending out from the halter cut of the bodice and curving over the shoulders. The front is set in a deep plunge and the fabric here crosses over itself slightly. At the back it dips equally as low but here the plunge s rounded at it base. From just under the bust and all the way round the fabric is gathered and curved to follow the body. The gathers meet down the center on both sides in an elaborate panel of ruching. Below this the skirt falls to the floor and is set along the lower edge of the fitted bodice portion of the dress is a series of soft pleats. This gives the skirt extra volume and movement. The middle front seam of the skirt is left partially open from the hem so you get an extra peak of leg when you move. It is entirely cut on the bias and drapes beautifully once on the body, moving around you like liquid. It is a remarkable example of the work being done during this time period and is really a treasure. The color is still vivid and the fabric remains strong & wearable. It is a very high end, excellently constructed garment. Excellent overall condition. Museum quality and rare with a few minor notes to review below
Unlined and slips on to wear with a row of metal hook and eye down the side to close it. Hand finishes throughout. There may be the occasional darkening to the lame here and there but nothing outstanding or readily apparent and this is a natural occurrence to this type of fabric. I do not consider this to be a flaw and any tiny areas only add to the patina of this outstanding gown. For a piece that is almost 100 years old is it to be considered in outstanding, museum quality condition. I see a couple of small flaws. There is a small area of thinning of the fabric in the skirt that is just off side the front middle seam. It appears stable and I chose to leave it as it gets lost in the folds once the dress is one. There is an older repair to the hem of the skirt - I have photoed both the front and back where it was reinforced (the 2nd and 3rd last photo). Please review the last three photos to see these areas mentioned. The fabric does have some stretch since it is all cut on the bias - the under bust measurement is fixed with no give - if you fit that then the size may otherwise fit a range of sizes.
Note that antique and twenties pieces are final sale. They will be packed exceedingly well and we only sell pieces that will stand up to the stress of shipping, however, having pieces potentially shipped multiple times through multiple customs and countries is too hard on garments that are historically important and deserve to be treated with love and care. Please purchase accordingly.Bust: 14-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam Under bust: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with no give
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam just above hips: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips under the lowest seam: open
Bodice: 13" from top of shoulder to seam under the bust, approx 23" from shoulder to lowest seam just above the hips
Length: 60" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.