1980s Upcycled 1940s Renee Lewis Couture Hand Gold Embroidered Black Silk Crepe Top
Rene Lewis is a NYC diamond jewelry designer who uses antique materials worked into modern pieces. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she did a limited clothing line that reworked vintage pieces into contemporary shapes and silhouettes. This is one of those pieces and the fabric would have originated from the 1940s. She tweaked the shape perhaps or maybe this was originally a damaged dress that she converted into a top. It is made out of a black crepe that has a wonderful metallic thread embroidered detail at the neckline. The cut of the top is simple and sleek, with a straight cut through the body with just a hint of shape at the waist. At the neck, the embroidery work is exceptional. Gold metal thread is curved and stitched into place for the intricate design that you see. A black and gold band also loops around each arm. Antique buttons run down the back to close the top. You can easily see that it is completely done by hand on the opposite side of the fabric. Excellent vintage condition with a note below
Unlined and slips on. It buttons down the back. The embroidery work is hand done. Normal wear and patina to some of the gold from aging. All of the buttons at the back have some small chips out of them. I have photoed the one with the most of them
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 19" from waist to 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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