Stunning 1930s Unlabeled Moss Silk Crepe Dress w Dense Beading Sequin & Gold Thread Embroidery
The first thing you think of when you see this dress in person is Ossie Clark. It literally looks like one of his designs but with the added detailing on the bodice. The fabric is an earlier, original version of the moss crepe that he adopted for so much of his work but otherwise it is almost mind boggling to look at this dress and not see Ossie. Especially in person as the dress has much more fabric in it then the photos convey. It is gorgeous in person. This is one of the best pieces from this time period that I have seen in a very long time and it is easy to see why Clark used these dresses as his start point to develop what would become his signature look. It is now so rare and hard to find these in such amazing condition too. It is also surprisingly long for a piece from this time period. The dress has been finished beautifully and it obviously is a high end piece. It was a hard dress to photo since it is entirely cut on the bias through the skirt and waist. It is meant to be on an actual body and my dress form is not doing it anywhere near the justice it deserves. The dress falls in a V at the front with the sides of the front V curving inwards. The bodice is cut in that loose and easy way over the bust that pieces from this time period were done in. The waist nips in and there are attached ties on either side of the waist that you can use to cinch it in or you can wear to more loose and easy. The skirt falls to the floor under that and is made from several yards of the black crepe. When you stand still it falls in a smooth column but when you move you see just how much volume is there. It does up with a side zipper so there is no line to break the eye at the back. It was then densely detailed with the most amazing pattern of flowers and vines that cover the entire front of the bodice. The design is made up of thousands of hand set sequins, beads and gold thread. They are so densely done that the pattern sits up and off of the silk underneath for the most beautiful 3D feel. The design follows the lines of the bodice covering the front, running up the top of the shoulder and down the charming cap sleeves. The embellishments catch the light and add a fabulous glitter to the dress. It is truly incredible and if you are a fan of these pieces from the late twenties ad into the thirties you know just how exceptional and rare it is. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a side set metal zipper. Ribbon edged finished hem. Attached ties at each side of the waist. Light padding in each shoulder. It is in wonderful condition and appears to heave been worn very little. For a garment almost 100 years old it is truly amazing. The bias cut should allow it to fit on a range of sizes.
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 61.5" from neck to the front hem, 63.5" to the back 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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