1920s Art Deco Lace made from Silver and Beads

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This is an absolutely mind blowing gown from the 1920s. A true product of the gilded Jazz Age, the gown is constructed of silver silk lamé, silver lamé lace, and the most amazing of all a delicate beaded handmade lace net. These materials are perfectly arranged according to art deco aesthetics, with beautiful curves and fluted petal shapes flowing together around the form. The metallic silk which makes up the base of the gown is gathered at the dropped waistline, which falls elegantly around the hips. The extreme fineness of the fabric allows it to flatter the body's shape even with the dropped waist, skimming the bust and hips and fluttering around the legs. The lace gilds the torso in lovely curves, accenting the hips and drawing the eye up and down the figure dotted along its edges with crystals. The most delicate and masterfully constructed part of this gown is the handmade lace net, which is formed in scalloped curves at the hem and in a border around the neckline. Beautiful swirling designs are worked into the lace, picked out with tiny glass seed beads lined in silver. Found in Paris this incredible gown was made for the glittering galas of the Roaring Twenties, and bears both the effortless grace and the exuberance of that age in its design.

Details

  • Designer
    Unknown
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Good. Please note several period repairs to both the fabric as well as the lace of this dress. Additionally please note the tarnished silver in the underarms as well as spotted in other areas..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    48 in. L
    122 cm L
  • Marked Size
    XS-S (US)
  • Bust
    32 in. (81 cm)
  • Waist
    32 in. (81 cm)
  • Hip
    32 in. (81 cm)
  • Length
    48 in. (122 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU1612948382
About the Seller

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Located in New York, NY

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