#1653 $1,400Marcelle André evening dress, c.1930.
Fashioned from heavenly aubergine silk chiffon with dyed-to-match silk lace inserts, here is a sophisticated, couture-level evening dress, an exemplar of 1930s glamour.
I love the intricate cut of the skirt, which molds to the hips before falling in soft, full folds. The neckline and armholes are outlined with self-bias binding. The dress closes on one side with hooks and snaps. It comes with a matching satin slip that has a nude silk chiffon top.
Examples of couture from the 1930s are rather rare due to sharply reduced spending for luxuries during the Great Depression. Without a flourishing upper middle class, only a small number of wealthy patrons could afford these creations. This superb, labeled evening gown from Paris was a great find!
In every era, there are creators who have fallen into obscurity due to a caprice of fate. Today, savvy collectors are beginning to research neglected designers and their work. I believe that Marcelle André was one such artist, whose creations deserve our respect and approbation.
I can still see this alluring dress on a now forgotten starlet in a 1930s Hollywood publicity still. She was a blonde and a bit haughty—just enough to get you interested. Whatever you needed; whoever you were; she had it!
On the slip is a label that reads "Marcelle André/Couture-Lingerie/43.rue Boissy d'Anglais-Paris (Madeleine)."
The condition of the ensemble is very good to excellent. The dress is in mint condition. The slip is splitting and cannot be worn. If you wish to wear the dress, you can have the slip copied.
The dress measures: 38" bust, 31" waist, 39-40" hip, and 56" from shoulder to hem.
The slip measures: 38" bust, 35" waist, 42" hip—the slip was let out over the hips—and 46" from shoulder to hem.