French couture quality, embroidered tulle dress, c.1915. The attention to detail and fine hand finishing suggest the dress came from a couture fashion house. Exquisitely hand embroidered with padded satin stitch, tiny French knots, and open-work fill. Here is the winning charm and demure elegance of the period. NEW LISTING
Chinese embroidered satin coat, 1920s. Made from black satin with borders of ivory satin, the brilliant coat is finely hand embroidered in silk polychrome floss with Chinese motifs of flowers and figures. Especially memorable are the decorative cerise and amber flowers, whose whimsical verisimilitude puts Nature herself to shame.
Silk chiffon & lace dress, 1930s. The body-conscious diaphanous dresses from the 1930s are treasured by collectors for their fluid grace. The dress combines delicate, pale peach chiffon with matching silk lace. The body-hugging style is broken above the hipline with flirty bias-cut lace ruffles. The silk lace motifs are executed with consummate artistry, creating a delicate floral design of the utmost feminine allure.
Floral chiffon dress with low cut back, 1930s. The slinky, form fitting silhouette and hip-seam detail anticipate the longer styles of the 1930s. The hybrid style combines a sophisticated 1930s silhouette with an endearing floral print, whose sunny hues—for a 1930s viewer—symbolized the unbounded optimism of the carefree 1920s.
Wide-brim bicorne hat with original trim, c.1922. Bicorne hats achieved a brief but noteworthy prominence in millinery high fashion during the early 1920s. The crown and brim of the hat are covered with black velvet. A hint of burgundy in the black feathers is a charming touch.
Silk velvet evening cape, 1920s. The softly controlled fullness of the torso is caught in below the hipline by a bias-cut flared skirt. The fabulous fuchsia hue and sensual silk velvet are all you need to feel at home on the red carpet.
Beaded velvet and brocaded satin evening coat, c.1922. There is nothing quite so enduringly chic and timeless as a high style evening coat. Made from black-and-gold brocaded satin, the regal coat is probably French. The surface is covered with gold beads and sequins. The glittering Art Deco design infuses the dress with high-octane 1920s glamour.
Boué Soeurs hand-embroidered dress, c.1925. The 3 inserted figural medallions of handmade needle lace make this piece an exemplar of the needle arts. The figures are dressed like 17th century courtiers. The medallions alternate with baskets of flowers down the front of the dress.
Boué Soeurs hand-embroidered slip, c.1925. Lavishly hand embroidered with floral bouquets. The embroidery is bordered with scalloped handmade filet lace, the Boué Soeurs trademark. You can wear the slip as a mini dress; or as originally intended, wear it under the trousseau dress (#7497); but the exquisite needle art is too pretty to hide.
Deco gold lamé evening coat, c.1925. The stylized pattern of flattened chrysanthemums is rendered in graphic black-and-gold metallic brocade (royal hues). In our brilliant, luminous coat there inheres a regal, resplendent beauty that will turn heads as you make your grand entrance, and keep them turned.
Beaded satin/lace flapper dress, c.1926. The loose fitting, drop-waist style is comfortable and easy to wear. Wide borders of matching lace around the neckline are mirrored around the hem. Glittering rhinestones dot the lace hem border.
Deco evening coat, 1930s. Made from black silk/rayon velvet, the stylish and sophisticated coat pays homage to the heyday of Art Deco in the mid-1920s. In fashion, a white-on-black theme creates high drama. In the dazzling Deco design, the striking "framing effect" of white-and-black color blocks creates a powerful theatrical effect.
Appliquéd robe de style dress, c.1924. With the original built-in panniers, this exemplary piece was based on Jeanne Lanvin's signature robe de style, which hearkened back to 18th century Court dress. Against a canvas of luxe maize-hued velvet, the exuberant floral appliqués—made from silks and silk ribbons—are reminiscent of the decorative charm of the Rococo.
Beaded evening dress with strappy back, 1930s. Covered with clear crystal beads, the dress slips on without closures, hugging the torso in just the right places. Everything is miraculously held in place—and only by your curves ;:) With its fab "back interest," this sophisticated dress conveys the alluring sensuality of 1930s silver screen idols.
Deco sequined evening cap, c.1925. By the late 1920s, the bell-shaped cloche had been pared down to the skull cap, following the new streamlined modernism. The simplified shape of the evening cap cried out for elaborate surface decoration. Here the embroidered design uses an ingenious mix of glittering sequins and coiled metallic spirals.
Sequined tulle flapper dress, c.1925. Cut straight to the hipline, where it is attached to a bias-cut circular skirt, the stylish dress personifies 1920s glamour. Whispering the romantic intrigue of the night, the sophisticated black-on-black design is punctuated with bursts of glitter from a mix of large diamond-shaped paillettes, sequins, and glass beads.
Sequined net evening dress, 1930s. This is the slinkiest, sexiest mermaid dress I have ever seen. With its seductive cut, the sylphlike dress is reminiscent of glamorous 1930s styles. Made from stretchy ivory net, the dress is completely covered with scalloped rows of iridescent sequins. It provocatively molds to the body, ending with a scalloped hem and small back train.
Embroidered metallic lace skull cap, 1920s. By the late 1920s, the bell shaped cloche was pared down (streamlined modernism) even more to become a skull cap. The lace cobweb pattern creates a delicate filigree effect, as mysterious as it is beautiful. The embroidered chenille flowers add a 3-dimensional quality. This treasure of textile art has a mellow beauty not found in modern synthetics.
Fortuny stenciled velvet jacket, c.1930. The "lace" pattern is hand stenciled with layers of subtly changing silver/gray pigment, reproducing the Renaissance fresco effect. By an aesthetic dialectic,Fortuny synthesized ideas to create a new and different design. Here he brilliantly combines blocks based on Islamic tiles with borders based on 17th century lace.
Embroidered knotted net lace tunic, 1920s. This artistic tunic combines an ancient lace technique with a thoroughly modern T-shirt shape. The ingenious symmetrical design is composed of semi-abstract natural motifs—many referencing the harvest time. The variegated, multiform motifs create an unforgettable panoply of masterful ethnic-style design.
Metallic lace flapper dress, c.1925. The torso is straight to the hipline. The fullness of the skirt is softly gathered on the sides and in back. The elaborated floral motifs still show the influence of Art Nouveau. The incandescent beauty of the lace personifies the dazzling splendor of late 1920s fashion.
Beaded chiffon and crepe evening dress, 1930s. The bodice is of silk chiffon embellished with a grid pattern of clear crystal seed beads and outlined with rhinestones and Swarowski-style crystal beads. A delightful bow ties the "necklace." With its plunging neckline and glittering rhinestones, this beauty personifies 1930s Hollywood glamour.
Beaded silk chiffon dance dress, 1930s-40s. Made with an outer layer of black silk chiffon over a black silk crepe slip. The ankle-length gored skirt flares above the knee with inserted bias-cut panels and flounces. With swirling skirt and sleeves, this dazzling, Ginger Rogers dance dress makes a great dance even more spectacular.
Chiffon evening cape, 1930s. Dramatically shaped with fluttering double layers of black chiffon that plunge from just below the bust in front to full length in back. Is it the black chiffon cocoon or the exotic scalloping that creates an inviting yet enigmatic intimacy? The sphinxian cape will wrap a stylish woman in the mystery of the night.