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20s Handmade Lace and Embroidered Tea Dress


This is an absolutely beautiful sheer lace tea dress in a rose-cream hue, dating from the 1920s. Various patterns of handmade lace are spliced together in perfect architectural lines, with the vertical stripes of the torso softened by the slight fluting of the skirt and the curving borders at the neck, hip, and hem. The drop-waist silhouette is very much in style at the moment, as the beauty of decadent 1920s is brought back to life in the media (for instance: Downton Abbey, The Great Gatsby, Boardwalk Empire), and this dress evokes the most romantic side of that decade. A direct descendant of the frothy formal tea gowns of the 1900s and 1910s, this elegant knee-length dress evokes the same beautiful gardens, delicate sweets, exotic teas, and old-fashioned manners of earlier decades, but in a shape that reminds us how far the world had come in just a few post-war years, and how quickly the world was changing. New freedoms, new technologies, new horizons, and a whole new type of fashion were burgeoning. This tea gown manages to marry the new and the old in perfect balance. In excellent condition, this dress is ideal for modern layering, a classy night out, or your own summer teatime picnic.


  • Designer
  • Place of origin
    United States
  • Period
    Early 20th Century
  • Material notes




  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 44 in.

    D 111.76 cm

  • Marked size
    S/M (US)
  • Bust
    33 in. (83.82 cm)
  • Waist
    35 in. (88.9 cm)
  • Hip
    37 in. (93.98 cm)
  • Length
    44 in. (111.76 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
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