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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

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    D 48 in.

    D 121.92 cm

  • Marked size
    4 (US)
  • Bust
    32 in. (81.28 cm)
  • Waist
    34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Hip
    40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Length
    48 in. (121.92 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    23LON134 23L_ON134
  • Reference number
    LU16121102522

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