#7484 $1,200Deco gold lamé evening coat, c.1925
The unsurpassed beauty of antique textiles makes them eagerly sought collectibles. In our treasure of textile art, we see the ingenious synthesis of exoticism and modernity that became synonymous with Art Deco.
The stylized pattern of flattened chrysanthemums, arranged in a geometric grid, is rendered in graphic black-and-gold metallic brocade (royal hues), a favorite color combination of the Roaring Twenties.
The antique, mellow glow of the burnished gold patina cannot found in modern synthetic copies. The dramatic shawl collar is mink, which is still supple. The coat is lined with peach satin backed with wool for a little warmth.
Our evening coat brings to mind the glittering gold lamé gown worn by Clare Boothe to a 1935 costume ball at the Waldorf Astoria, where she snagged publishing tycoon Henry Luce as her second husband.
The loosely wrapped coat closes with a large self-covered button at the waist. I love the artfully shaped sleeves with long slender wrists, intimating the exclusive official costume of the highest ranked royal courtier.
As gorgeous as a courtesan, the witty Clare Boothe dazzled the rich and powerful with her elegant wardrobe. 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.
The condition is very good and wearable. On the back is an area of slight oxidation (patina). In vintage costume, this is a merit rather than a demerit because that is the nature of real metallic fibers. The patina is the tribute that time pays to beauty.
Despite a few minor splits, the lining is not shattering; the coat is still wearable.
It measures: 44" bust, 46" waist, 50" hip, 23 1/2" sleeve length, and 46" from shoulder to hem.