1920s Amazing Beaded Ombre Flapper

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Really unusual 20s dress that is so avant garde I die every time I look at it! Its a silk crepe - cut on the bias in that classic flapper cut - a simple bodice, scooped in the front and back that goes straight into a swingy flippy skirt. This one has miles of fabric in the skirt so is actually very full and has a lot of movement when you move. It is solidly beaded with a opaque silver tube glass bead mixed with soft pastels blue, pinks and creams. The design is that of little exquisite pagodas mixed with flowers. That design runs all through the bodice and then is repeated on the skirt six full times so it circles the entire skirt! What is really extraordinary is the ombre dye that makes the dress go from a pale pale mint at the shoulders to deep meadow green as it nears the hem. Darker bits of dye run through the fabric so you get an additional interesting textured effect. The thread at the back is done to follow the color but it does appear that the fabric was deliberately dyed like this prior to the application of the bead-work. Just extraordinary! Strong and wearable with the care and love it deserves to be shown - this is one of the most unusual 1920s pieces I have ever seen. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today! It is really a rare and unusual piece.

Bust: 17” from side seam to side seam

Waist: 15” from side seam to side seam

Hips: open

Bodice: 18” from shoulder to waist seam

Skirt: 24” from waist seam to bottom hem

The dress is unlined and closes with a series of snaps along the side. There are a few small issues and I have priced it accordingly, but I would wear this without hesitation as everything else about the dress outweighs any teeny flaws. There is a teeny patch of beads missing along one edge of the right arm edging. There is a small faded spot on the back of the skirt - there is so much fabric you really only see it if you lie it down and spread out the fabric on the skirt. The color is slightly faded under each arm but again when its on you can see that these do not detract at all! Really wonderful condition for a piece this age and this unusual! It should be dry cleaned when cleaned again in the future.

Any of our garments can be purchased directly from the Shrimpton Couture website. Layaway is available, we have a full return policy and items are shipped boxed and freshly cleaned!
Early 20th Century
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Toronto, Canada
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Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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