1940s Hand Painted & 3D Floral Detail Black Silk Organza Dress

This gown is absolutely incredible and very beautiful. It really is one of the most phenomenal dresses I have ever had and the workmanship is exquisite. It is constructed from yards and yards of bias cut black silk organza. Down the front of the dress is a trail of silk and velvet pink roses that are set along padded velvet stalks. The leaves along the vines are hand painted onto the silk in a gold paint and then each is detailed with a layer of gold sequins. These trail up to one side where they are met by three bands of black velvet that curve up and over the shoulders. More velvet bands the waist and the combination of textures and colors of the black is fantastic. The cut is pure old glamorous Hollywood. A fitted bodice is cut to follow every curve. It cinches in at the waist and this tops expansive, full skirts made from yards and yards of bias cut silk organza topping an inner more opaque black skirt. Everything about this gown is beautiful. The bodice is lightly boned and everything is done by hand. From the estate of a very wealthy woman this is a testament to gowns made in this time period. Presents as excellent condition but does have some small issues to mote below.

Fully lined in a black silky rayon. There is boning in the bodice. It closes with a side painted metal zipper on the interior layer and with snaps over this on the exterior layer. Hand work throughout. I see an old repair near the hem on the back top layer of the skirt. There is some repairs to the pleat work on the silk and some shattering along the very edge of the top of the bodice. I also see some slight shattering to the silk along the top layer where it closes at the side. Priced far lower then otherwise for this exquisite gown.

Bust: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 17.5" from top of shoulder strap to waist
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS

Item# E621

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

Setting up a layaway is super easy and we are happy to provide this service!

Here's how deposits work on a standard layaway:

  • We require three equal payments of the layaway total. You will be invoiced for the first amount upon request
  • payment two of the remaining balance will be billed two weeks from the date of the initial deposit.
  • The final payment is due two weeks after the second payment and shipping will be billed on this invoice as well.
  • items less then $500, or that are on sale, require a 50% deposit with the final payment due in two weeks from the date of deposit 

Read More

We offer flat rate Standard UPS shipping worldwide. All shipping options are displayed at checkout in the pull down menus provided.

Want it faster?

We offer flat rates for expedited and express shipping options - these will also display at check out and can be selected with the drop down menu during the checkout process.

Read More


Please review all measurements carefully. More often than not, vintage garments do not fit any size category exactly. If in doubt, measure a garment of your own that fits and is a similar cut and compare it's measurements to the listed measurements below.