Gorgeous 1930s Best & Co. Black Silky Rayon Top w Netted Over Floral Printed Swing Skirt
The Best and Company was founded in 1879 by Albert Best. The flagship store was in Manhattan and there were branches scattered up the East coast. Lots of the greta early Americal designers got their start there like Claire McCardell and Carolyn Schnurer. This dress has the label used during the 1930s and is an incredible example fo the pieces being made during this time period. It is also in amazing condition which is getting harder and harder to find as time continues to pass by.
This is one of those absolutely beautiful silky rayon dresses that you can only find from the 1930s and forties. It is in pretty fantastic shape and is just gorgeous to see in person. The dress is made from a beautiful scarf weight silky rayon combined with a touch of netting. It has a classic forties cut through the top with a more loose fitting bodice and softly draped sleeves. The neck dips into a V at the front and there is a keyhole at the back just under the button neck. It skims over the body and into the waist where the original slip buckle belt cinches it in for added shape. The skirt falls to below the knee and has a wonderful flare to its cut. It has lovely movement once on the body. It is very unusual in its construction. It is made of two layers. The inner layer is a printed floral silky rayon that has bright coral and pink flowers. Over this is a layer of a fine black silk netting that creates a shadow finish over the print for the most amazing noir effect. The fabric is cut on the bias and this gives the skirt beautiful movement once it is on the body. It is gorgeous. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a side painted metal zipper and buttons at the neck. The belt is original to the dress.
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 17 " from neck to
Skirt: 29" 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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