1920s Silk Net Sequin Flapper Over Dress

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Exquisite 1920s piece has some of the most phenomenal sequin work I have yet to see. The base of the dress is a black fine silk netting. Onto this has been hand applied row after row of glossy black sequins with an amazing floral design worked in along the hem, just under the hips and around the bodice with fantastic couture level sequin work. The sequins are applied in thick designs with some parts of the floral patterns sitting off the fabric! It is really an amazing piece of art! Both sides have a deep deep V with low sides - it really can be worn either way. Each side is low (though they are different - an interesting touch - and each has a beaded blue ombre detail securing the side. This would have been worn over a semi sheer or sheer colored under dress - you can let you imagination run wild in matching yours to the colors in the bead work. It is shockingly light due to the combination of sequins on net - you think it will be very heavy but its like wearing air! Really an extraordinary piece. Strong and wearable with the care and love it deserves to be shown - this is one of the best 1920s pieces I have ever seen. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today! Museum quality.

Bust: 18” from side seam to side seam

Waist: 18” from side seam to side seam

Hips: 20” from side seam to side seam

Length: 52” from shoulder to bottom hem

The dress is unlined and slips over the head to wear. The sequins seem to be fully intact. Structurally sound and wearable with the care and love it deserves. Remarkable condition with no outstanding flaws to note other then natural patina. There is perhaps the occasional bead missing but for a piece that is approx 100 years old is it to be considered in outstanding, museum quality condition. Shockingly light weight doe to the sequins used and the lightness of the netting. It should be cleaned upon the recommendation of a trusted cleaner when cleaned again in the future.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (6-8)
Late 19th Century
Marked Size
XS-SML (6-8)
Dealer Location
Toronto, Canada
Number of Items
Reference Number
Shrimpton Couture
Toronto ON M5V 2M9
(647) 559-2223
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in Toronto, ON
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