Unusual 1930s Avant Garde Mauve Moss Crepe Dress w Hand Beaded Sleeve Detailings

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.

The fabric on this is similar in texture and feel to the moss crepe that you see from the 1970s. It is gorgeous in person. It is also surprisingly long for a piece from this time period. The dress is meant to be on an actual body and my dress form is not doing it anywhere near the justice it deserves. The bodice is cut in that loose and easy way over the bust that pieces from this time period were done in and this one has a lot of volume. The waist nips in and there is a matching crepe covered belt to cinch in the waist and add shape. The skirt falls to the floor under that and is made from several yards of the bias cut crepe. When you stand still it falls in a smooth column but when you move you see just how much volume is there. It slips on to wear and then it snaps into place with a small opening that runs down one side. The sleeves are long and they extend out from the waist area. They are cut in an almost kimono feel that has been flipped upside down so that the long square part of them is at the top of the sleeve. Part of each sleeve is open and there is a wide panel of an intricate design made of hand placed beads sequins and small glass rhinestones. The way that the sleeves sit, each sleeve kind of falls towards the back, so you get this incredible draped effect. It is quite incredible. It is truly gorgeous and if you are a fan of these pieces from the late twenties and into the thirties you know just how exceptional and rare it is. Excellent condition with one small note below.

Unlined and closes at the side with hidden snaps. Comes its original belt. Hand finished throughout. The belt is a slightly different colour than the rest of the dress. I see small colour variations and slight fading on the dress here and there but the amount of fabric that it has allows it all just blend once on. The bead work is all done by hand. For a garment almost 100 years old it is truly amazing. The unique and open cut should allow it to fit a range of sizes

Sleeves: approx 22" to their longest point
Shoulders: "
Bust: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20-23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 61" from top of shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# PC023

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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