1920s French Label Fully Beaded Flapper Dress

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Exquisite 1920s dress is in remarkable condition and just a spectacular example of the fine hand work done in that time period. So many elements of this piece combine to make it a true stand out in the realm of flapper pieces! The color is outstanding - a muted, but strong pink is the backdrop for that wonderful bead work. The base is a fine spun cotton making it quite strong and wearable - this one will last a good long time still! It is also labeled which is so very very rare. You see the occasional "made in France" or an old sizing tag but to have a fully labeled piece is wonderful! The shop name appears to be Isis and I would hazard a guess that it was a small independent boutique that obviously did the finest of couture level pieces for a very high end clientele. The dress itself is typical flapper - a simple scooped bodice, both front and back, following a tubular shape through the waist and then it widens to a jaunty swing skirt that has lovely movement! Its fully beaded - every square inch and I believe the beads to be "sugar beads" - a particular type of spun glass that is slightly milky. The neckline has contrasting beading in the teeniest milk glass beads mixed with gold colored tube glass beads and the design is a lovely trail of flowers that emphasize the cut of the dress. This same combination of white and gold toned beads circle the waist and trail down the skirt! Its quite weighty due to the extensive beading and really a extraordinary piece. Strong and wearable with the care and love it deserves to be shown - this is one of the best 1920s pieces I have ever seen. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today! Museum quality.

Bust: 16” from side seam to side seam

Waist: 14.5” from side seam to side seam

Hips: 20” from side seam to side seam

Bodice: 19” from shoulder to waist seam

Skirt: 17” from waist seam to bottom hem

The dress is unlined and slips over the head to wear. Note that the photos show a slightly darker area under the arm - it is NOT a discoloration - at some point someone lowered the depth of the arm opening by opening the seams and hand sewing the resulting corners back. The small double layer of fabric makes it look darker when photoed with the flash. Its left as is as it looks to be done long ago and is well done. Both areas where this is done have 98% of the beading so it could be undone if you wish. Its hand finished and the inside thread work is almost as extraordinary as the exterior! 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!
Place of Origin
Early 20th Century
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Dealer Location
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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