1920s Lamé Dress with Sanskirt

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This is an amazing dress from the 1920s. Made in a black and gold brocade, it evokes the craze for exotic Indian and Egyptian inspired textiles and designs. The 1910s and 1920s saw a great deal of archaeological headway made in Egypt, with a number of important tomb finds in the Valley of Kings and the recovery of a great deal of stunning artwork and jewelry. The display of these artifacts in Europe and America resulted in a never-before-seen level of public engagement and interest in the field, and this craze quickly made its way into fashion and design. Almost hilariously, the designer of this textile has unknowingly taken letters from ancient sanskirt texts thinking they were meer decorative shapes. One can only wonder what jumbled phrases they came up with. This dress is made of a gorgeous lightweight brocade with pashmina-like drape. The pattern of traditional coptic motifs scrolls around the body in geometric stripes which lend themselves well to the square-lined, drop-waisted silhouette of the 1920s. The over skirt is tightly pleated around the hips, and ends several inches above the pencil-shaped underlayer, which is hemmed at the knees. A garland-like ribbon is draped over the shoulders to form a deep V down the front of the dress, bringing to mind the sailor collars so popular after World War I. This dress mixes a number of quintessential 1920s trends to create an absolutely stunning garment and piece of it's own unique fashion history.
Details
Designer
Unknown
Period
Early 20th Century
Material Notes
Lame, Silk
Condition
Excellent
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dimensions
48 in. L
122 cm L
Marked Size
4 (US)
Bust
32 in. (81 cm)
Waist
34 in. (86 cm)
Hip
40 in. (102 cm)
Length
48 in. (122 cm)
Dealer Location
New York, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU16121102522
Address
Morphew
260 West 36th Street
Suite 201
New York NY 10018
US
(646) 846-8372
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