Rare 1930s 1940s Hawaiian Novelty Print Sarong & Halter Set w Fused Sequins
This is one of the most incredible things I have ever had. At first glance I thought that it must be from the 1940s but I actually think it is earlier that that, largely due to the fused/glued on sequins that are attached directly onto the fabric. You usually see this done slightly earlier in the timeline. Beyond dating, it is just incredible. The set consists of two pieces; a soft halter and a sarong style skirt. The halter is soft and wireless as fitting for the time period and it is backed in an ivory silky rayon. I photoed the back of it for you to see. It simply hooks into place and ties around the neck with nude coloured ribbon. It is cut fairly wide and has just a simple seam down the front. The sarong is equally as simple. It wraps around you and hooks into place under the attached ties that extend out from the skirt. It slightly overlays but is open all the way down under where it hooks. I photoed it at the side but you could also wear it with it hooked just under the belly button. The fabric is absolutely incredible and a really stunning example of textiles from this era. It is a soft coral tinged red that has an extensive print covering its surface that depicts Hawaiian life. I have photoed several of the vignettes for you to see. Worked into the design are words that include Aloha. Highlighting this are hundreds of little sequins in red, green and gold that are fused directly into the fabric. These catch the light and give the set an extra shot of glam. You could easily see some Hollywood starlet wearing this and it is truly incredible. Excellent condition
The halter is backed in a silky rayon and hooks to close and the back and ties around the neck. The ribbons seem to be original. The skirt is unlined and hooks to close. The sequins show some patina from age but overall for its age I would rate it as excellent. A remarkable find
Bust: measures 31" flat end to end from where the hooks are currently set
Height: each cup is 6" tall at its widest point
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 34" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-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.
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