Extraordinary 1920s Colourful Densely Embroidered Black Silk Asian Evening Coat

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The Western world in the twenties to the sixties had a special fascination with the Far East and this highly influenced the fashion of that time period. Japan and China began to export and sell pieces made specifically for the tourist market that combined classic design elements of those respective cultures with a slight western twists to the cut and colours. These embroidered jackets where amongst the most prized and this one is a stunning black silk one embroidered with absolutely brilliant colors. You will often see the shorter ones cropped to hit at the hip but I am always on the lookout for these longer ones. They are harder to find and when you do find one it is an absolute  brilliant piece to add to your closet. They are an instant jolt of colour and craft and can be flung over everything from jeans to a ball gown. This one is stunning and made from a high grade fine black silk that is then completely covered with the embroidery that you see. All of the embroidered work is done in a wash of absolutely brilliant colours. The pattern embroidered onto the silk is primarily flowers but there are also bright colourful birds worked through the design. It is exquisite. It is also lovely and light in weight which makes it easy to wear. The shoulders are soft and the body is cut loose and generously. Front pockets sit on each hip and it closes down the front with a series of frog knots. I love it. Excellent condition

Fully lined in black tissue silk and closes with frog knots at the front. Pockets on each hip. The loose cut should fit a range of sizes.

Sleeves: 18"
Slightly dropped shoulders: 16.5"
Bust: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG

Item# C581

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.


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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