Fabulous 1920s Extensively Hand Embroidered Black Silk Asian Evening Coat

The Western world in the twenties to fifties had a special fascination with the Far East and this highly influenced the fashion of that time period. Japan and China especially 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 twist to the cut and colors. You will often see the cropped jacket versions of these come up for sale but these longer pieces are a little harder to find and far more versatile. These were the most prized both then and now. This one is stunning and done in a high grade fine black silk with off white detailing to contrast the cuffs, collar, front and hem. Over this it is embroidered with absolutely brilliant colours. The pattern embroidered onto the silk with its combination of brights and pastel tones is exquisite. This one is a little extra special since it is an earlier piece and the embroidery work is done by hand. It is lovely and light which makes it so easy to wear. This one is not 100% perfect but still has lots of life left to it if you don't mind wearing vintage with a flaw or two. Presents as excellent condition at first glance but does have flaws as noted below.

Fully lined in black tissue silk, it closes with frog knots at the front. There is some shattering to the silk through parts of the ivory borders and an area around the bottom front knot that has shattered and torn. Slight grubbiness along the edges. The last two photos show examples of the areas described. It is in fabulous shape other then these areas. The loose cut should fit a range of sizes. This is sold in as found condition and as a final sale.

51" from the end of one sleeve to the other flat across
Bust: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 45" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG

Item# C571

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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