Gorgeous 1930s Off White Moss Crepe Dress w Hand Beaded 'Belt' Detailing
This is one of a dozen dresses from a single owner collection of beautiful 1930s dresses and I am very pleased to have this small capsule for you. Her collection was lovingly sourced over decades and she has decided that it is time let them back out into the world for others to enjoy. Outstanding designs from this era are increasingly hard to find. Her collection represents some of the best of the era that I have seen in a very long time. Most are in excellent condition and the few included in the capsule that do have some flaws are such outstanding designs that I feel there is still room for someone to love them and wear them as they are, or perhaps to put in the additional work to repair them. This is just a tiny sampling of her overall collection and I hope to have another series of these capsules in the future. Enjoy this first drop.
The fabric on this is similar in texture and feel to the moss crepe that you saw in the 1970s. It is gorgeous in person. It is also surprisingly long for a piece from this time period. The dress is meant to be on an actual body and my dress form is not doing it anywhere near the justice it deserves. The dress falls in a V at the front and the bodice is cut in that loose and easy way over the bust that pieces from this time period were done in. The waist nips in and there is an elaborate hand beaded panel to suggest a wide belt that runs all the way around the waist. The bead work combined tiny white seed beads, clear glass beads and silver tube beads, all applied one by one by hand. It's quite incredible. The skirt falls to the floor under that and is made from several yards of the ivory crepe. When you stand still it falls in a smooth column but when you move you see just how much volume is there. It slips on to wear and then it snaps into place with a small opening that runs down the center of the back. The sleeves are long and have four fabric covered buttons at the cuff. Each shoulder has rounded padding to give it that perfect strong shoulder of the era. It is truly gorgeous and if you are a fan of these pieces from the late twenties and into the thirties you know just how exceptional and rare it is. Excellent condition with one small note below.
Unlined and closes at the back with hook and eye. Hand finished throughout. Padding in each shoulder. It is in wonderful condition and appears to heave been worn very little. The tiniest bit of grubbiness at the seam under the arms. For a garment almost 100 years old it is truly amazing.
Slightly inset shoulders: 14"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from neck to the 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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