1940s Hand Painted Blue & White Sequin Silk Swing Dress
Really unusual and unique dresses from the 1940s are almost impossible to find anymore and often examples have just a minor detailing of sequin work. This one however is like the holy grail as it is completely covered in hand set, blue sequins that follow the curves of the printed design underneath. And even more amazing this covers the dress from top to bottom. The cut is perfectly simple and perfectly feminine. The skirt is cut slim and straight from the more fitted hip area. The bodice above the nipped in waist is classic forties with short cap sleeves and a V neck that meets in a soft pleating detail at the center front. It also dips in the back and the neckline is edged in a pretty blue velvet. Over the entire surface of the white silk crepe are tiny hand set blue sequins, each individually placed and set by hand to follow the design underneath. One of the most striking and unusual 1940s dresses I have ever had. Excellent condition with one minor note to review below
Interlined with a net fabric and closes with a side painted metal zipper. Hand finished throughout. There is minor fading on the top of each shoulder where the blue of the sequins and print has softened to a more purple tone. Because of where it sits and the complexity of the design its not really noticeable once on.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of shoulder to waist
Skirt: 25" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.