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1930s tea dress

#2820 $1,475

Embellished chiffon tea dress, 1930s

Our charming gossamer creation of silk chiffon is trimmed with delicate silk lace appliqués and ribbon art bouquets. The silk ribbon flowers are finely crafted with a variety of ribbon types to create three-dimensional bouquets.

Partially lined with a matching silk crepe slip, the dress closes on the side with hooks and snaps. The expensive materials and hand finishing connote couture design and construction.

This suggests the lovely dress came from a Paris fashion house. Without a label, it would require both luck and diligent research to pinpoint the likely couture house. Early 20th century Paris marked the apogee of the golden age of couture: the style and finish of the clothing has never been equaled.

The pleasing pastel palette uses light salmon pink chiffon as a ground for heart-rendingly beautiful silk ribbon bouquets: light pink roses; sky blue buds; and sea green leaves. The refined color scheme evokes the obligatory pale pastels favored by Art Nouveau 30 years earlier.

The delicate silk lace appliqués are executed with a masterful touch reminiscent of the decorative Rococo style at its best as in the paintings of Watteau, Fragonard, and Tiepolo. Indeed, even the great Rococo painter Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard would not have disdained the subtle elegance of the neighborly pastels.

The condition is almost excellent. Along the hem are a few very pale marks. Because they are difficult to detect, they will not be a problem.

It measures: 36" bust, 32" waist, 38" hip, and 57" from shoulder to hem.

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