1930s Exceptional Paneled Silk Chiffon Gown

This is an incredible late twenties, early thirties gown made entirely of a fine silk chiffon that has those incredible panels in a purple, pink and raspberry that create the lines and pattern that you see. The back is so exceptional that I had to lead with it as the first photo. It is entirely cut on the bias so has that incredible drape and stretch that gowns from this period have. It is incredibly sexy - the lines formed by the pleats accent and highlight the curves of the body. It is suspended by three piped silk straps that are caught up into braids at the top of each shoulder. The front is cut straight across with a little edging detail and the back dip to low V and is accentuated by a tight row of hand covered fabric buttons that run down the back. The dress hugs your curves to just past the hip and then the skirts below the hip are actually quite full. It is semi-sheer so you can change the depth of tone and look by what you choose to wear underneath. An incredible early gown, very rare and very special! Excellent condition

Unlined and closes with a series of tightly spaced buttons and fabric loops down the back as shown. Hand finishes. A bit of grubbiness to the hem and very minor discoloration to the lightest parts of the fabric. Tiny pinholes here and there but all are stable and teeny - nothing that detracts once one.

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: approx 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 55" from top of straps to front hem, 59" at the beck hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# E521

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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