jean patou

1930s Jean Patou Couture Golden Silk Velvet Wrap Gown

This stunning and rare gown by one of the great couturiers is an absolute wonderful find and a true treasure. It is also incredibly beautiful and the fabric choice with its lush, liquid appearance only adds to that beauty. The color is a deep gold and build on his preference for the color yellow, taking it into evening for this gorgeous gown. It has the appearance of a wrap through the draped skirt that curves up to show a bit of leg. The offset crystal encrusted buttons that run down the bodice add to this illusion of it being a true wrap dress but it is all cleverly constructed to fit and sit properly on the body. The shoulders are strong but not yet padded as they would be in the forties and the silk velvet and excessive draping are hold-overs from the excess of the twenties. The sleeves are remarkable, each is full and voluminous, ending in great draping curves that are caught up in elastic around each wrist. You could easily see one of the Hollywood starlets gliding into a room wearing this gown!

Patou opened his couture house in 1919 and by 1925 had several locations across Europe that sold his Couture and RTW lines. This gown would be considered demi-couture. It has the boutique label but the additional numbered tag denoting it as a special order and was probably based on the Haute Couture collection but made with a combination of machine and hand finishes for the client. It may well have been a one-off. It is remarkable. Excellent condition with a small note below.

Unlined and closes under the buttons at the front with snaps, hook & eye and snaps below the waist and down the skirt. Some of these appear newer and were probably replaced at some point during its 80+ year history. There is a touch of darkening to the velvet here and there, mainly along the edges. A couple of tiny light spots across the top - supersize the bodice photo to see. The interior is finished by hand. Elastic at each cuff. Numbered tag 5010.

Note that the lighting in my studio is making the top portion appear darker - the entire dress is the same lighter liquid gold color in person. It's even better in person!

Sleeves: 28" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 19 flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 17" from dress neck to top side waist seam
Skirt: 43" from top side waist seam to longest point of hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2494

Reference Photo: Amanda Lee Shirreffs. Click here to see this look on our blog Curated >

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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