Stunning 1930s Black Bias Cut Silk Velvet Dress w Rhinestone Detail & Brilliant Belt
I am so excited to bring you the second part of our 1930s capsule. This is one of a dozen dresses from a single owner collection of beautiful 1930s dresses. Her collection was lovingly sourced over decades and she has decided that it is time let them back out into the world for others to enjoy. Outstanding designs from this era are increasingly hard to find. Her collection represents some of the best of the era that I have seen in a very long time. Most are in excellent condition and the few included in the capsule that do have some flaws are such outstanding designs that I feel there is still room for someone to love them and wear them as they are, or perhaps to put in the additional work to repair them. This is just a tiny sampling of her overall collection and I hope to have more of these capsules for you in the future.
This is a stunning inky black silk velvet dress with beautiful detailing. These are always a challenge to photo since it is entirely cut on the bias and is really only best seen once on an actual body. My dress form is not doing it anywhere near the justice it deserves. The bodice is cut to drape loose and easy over the bust with the waist brought in just a touch through angled seaming. It skims over the hips and the skirt falls to the floor under that. When you stand still the skirt falls in a smooth column but when you move you get a pretty amount of volume and movement. The dress slips over the head to wear and has an opening at the neck that does up with a series of velvet covered buttons. The collar is gathered around to the front of the neck where there are strips made out of glass rhinestones that hold the collar in place and add pretty detail. This one came with a stunning rhinestone belt that is made of four rows of rhinestones stacked to form a pyramid or triangle on each side of the buckle. The oversized emerald cut glass rhinestones catch the light incredibly. The band is a black crepe and it hooks into place at the front for instant extra glamour. The sleeves are gorgeous. They are cut extremely wide and full to a seam just under the elbow and then they narrow down sharply to the wrist. Almost like a poet's sleeve. Running down the top fuller part of the sleeve are two open slits. The band between slits lets the fabric sit on top of your arm and then you see your arm through the slits. The full part of the sleeve drapes under that. They are insanely beautiful and I love them. If you are a fan of these pieces from the late twenties / early thirties you know just how exceptional and rare it is. Excellent condition with a small note below.
Unlined and slips on to wear with buttons at the neck as described above. All the inner seams are finished by hand and or pinked. The end of the belt is a different fabric from the dress and may not be original to the dress but it's the one that came with it from my client. You could easily switched it out for a velvet if that bothered you. The buckle is just too incredible not to keep them together. There is one button missing at the back of the neck. For a garment almost 100 years old it is in amazing condition. The bias should allow it to fit a range of sizes.
Neck: 15 3/4"
Sleeves: approx 25.5"
Shoulders: no true seams
Bust: 18-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 15-21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54.5" from top of shoulder to hen
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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