1920s Bead & Sequin Rose Gold Flapper

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Exquisite 1920s dress with a strong Art Deco feel to it, whose base silk netting is a remarkable and unusual shade of a dusty rose pink. The base is entirely made of netting upon which sequins, glass tube beads and a finish at the hem of large paillettes have been applied. It's a truly stunning dress and I have taken a photo of it flat so you can really get an idea of the expanse of fabric used in the skirting. It's quite full and I love how the bottom edge is scalloped! The paillettes that are used around the edge also make a wonderful rustling sound so you become a moving, three senses engaged piece of art! The bodice's design swoops up in lovely curves and the bead work is remarkable - all silver lined tube glass beads used to really emphasize the cut of the dress. A border circles the dropped waist and then the skirt has a vertical band of beads down the center on the front and back. There are no closures - you just slip it on and go. This is a remarkable twenties textile. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today!

Bust: 18” flat across from side seam to side seam

Waist: 16” flat across from side seam to side seam

Hips: Open

Length: 42” from shoulder to bottom hem at the points

The dress is unlined and slips over the head to wear. This dress is almost 100 years old and is delicate. The bead work and sequin work is remarkably intact - I see no issues with that. The netting does have some repairs and a couple of breaks here and there- I have photoed the worst Someone has reinforced the wost of them at some point. It is well done and seems to have been done some time ago so is left as found. There are breaks in the netting around the shoulders as well that I have left as is. The netting seems fairly stable - but it will need to be handled carefully. Priced accordingly with these issues taken into account. Remarkable piece and a stunning example of the Art Deco movement. It should only be be cleaned upon the recommendation of a trusted cleaner when cleaned again in the future.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (0-6)
Late 19th Century
Marked Size
XS-SML (0-6)
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
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1stdibs seller since 2010
Located in Toronto, ON