Extraordinary 1940s Hand Embroidered & Beaded Black Moss Crepe Balloon Sleeve Top

This is perhaps one of the best 1940s tops I have ever had in the shop. It is made out of a black moss crepe and it was this exact kind of a piece that you can see where Ossie Clark would have gotten his inspiration from. It has the feel of one of his pieces but with those extraordinary hand embellishments added. It has a high neckline with an attached tie that extends out from either side of the neck. The top skims over the bust and it is heavily gathered across the shoulders. It buttons down the front with a tightly spaced row of hand covered buttons and hand made and placed fabric loops. The waist is brought in slightly and then it flares out a bit under that. The sleeves are amazing. They are huge and cut to pouf and balloon out over the wrist. Just the lines of the top are perfection on its own. And if that was not enough it was then embroidered and beaded and all of the detailing is done by hand. The band at the waist is entirely covered with a combination of raised embroidery, metal thread and beadwork done with the tiniest possible seed beads. Then on each sleeve there is a huge medallion of the same embroidery and bead work. The colours pop off the black beautifully and the fact that this was all done by hand is just amazing. It is truly a piece of history and a work of art. It is a superb example of this time period. Excellent condition.

Unlined and closes down the front with a series of fabric covered buttons and fabric loops. Each sleeve ends in a gathered elastic cuff. It is in remarkable condition for its age. It is meant to fit generously. It might fit a large if you are narrow through the shoulders

Sleeves: approx 25"
Shoulders: approx 15" but there is no true defined seam
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 25" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# S954

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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