Sequined tulle flapper dress, c.1925
In this sexy flapper dress, black-on-black reinforces the dignity, mystery, and elegance of black as the archetypal hue of high fashion. The shimmering sequins intimate the romantic intrigue of the night. Here is the glamour and excitement of the Roaring Twenties, which came to an abrupt end with the stock market crash of 1929.
The unstructured dress is comfortable and effortless to wear. The black rayon lining is attached around the neckline and armholes. The dress is cut straight to the hipline, where it is attached to a bias-cut circular skirt.
To make her fabrics better reveal form and respond to movement, Madeleine Vionnet had invented the bias cut in 1922, only three years before our sexsational dress was created.
The sophisticated black-on-black design is punctuated with bursts of glitter from a textured assortment of sequins and beads: large diamond-shaped paillettes, sequins, and glass beads. The exceptional beading raises this "party dress" closer to fine eveningwear.
We know what the flapper looked like, but her personality was a bit more complex than the modern stereotype. She liked to shock both suitors and her parents. "I call you Omar because you remind me of a smoked cigarette." She liked to smoke and to kiss, which made her a bit "fast."
She could afford to regard beauty as only skin deep, since she was herself admired for her beauty. However, she was not a "dumb blond." She had a quick wit and a good mind. There was also a measure of innocence about worldly affairs that would surprise us today.
The condition is almost excellent. The few missing sequins will not be missed over the black lining.
It measures: 38" bust, waist and hipline, full below the hip, and 43" from shoulder to hem.