1920s Incredible Lace Bead & Sequin Gown

This amazing dress is a stunning example of work being done in the period and it is also in remarkable condition. It is actually two pieces - an inner dress whose bottom portion has a sequin and lace and bead overlay and then the top that is also lace with sequin and bead work. The bead and sequin work is entirely hand applied and very heavy with 3 dimensional aspects. The inner dress has a silk satin base. The front and the back dip quite low and there is a little piece of hand made lace sewn into each dip as a modesty panel - allowing you to wear this on its own if you wish. The dropped waist has a lattice work of sequins - this same lattice detailing is also on the bottom hem of the top. The lace appears to be handmade and the sequins and huge jet beads are all hand applied. The dress is in excellent, wearable condition with proper care and the love it deserves. It is not just a dress but a work of art and the pictures do not come close to doing it justice - if you even remotely fell in love with it - you will faint from happiness to see it in real life. There are no closures - you just slip it on and go. This is really a remarkable twenties textile and is a good wearable size too! The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today! Museum quality and appears to have been worn little if at all. A rare chance to own a piece of 1920s couture!

The inner silk satin dress serves as the lining and then the overlay of the skirt is attached to that and the top slips over it. Both pieces slip over the head to wear. There are perhaps some broken pailettes here and there and perhaps some very minor sequin loss. Nothing to the degree that I would consider a major flaw nor would you notice because of the thousands of sequins and beads used.

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: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam and carries down to the floor
Length: 58" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML  - it would also work on a smaller frame and drape more as was the fashion then

Item# E486

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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