#7499 $1,200Boué Soeurs hand-embroidered slip, c.1925
The romantic style of Edwardian lingerie, lavishly embellished with hand embroidery and lace, was reinvented in the 1920s to conform to the simpler shapes of flapper fashion.
In Parisian high fashion, this ultra-feminine lingerie style emerged in the 1920s from the House of Boué Soeurs (1899-1957), created by Boué sisters Sylvie and Jeanne. With a romantic mix of dreamy transparent lace and gathered silk ribbons, Boué Soeurs style had a lasting influence on 20th century fashion.
Made from sheer white cotton batiste, the slip is hand embroidered with floral bouquets. The embroidery is bordered with scalloped handmade filet lace, the Boué Soeurs trademark.
Like the other Boué Soeurs piece currently listed, this slip was part of a wedding trousseau. I love the embroidered love birds on the front bodice.
You can wear the slip as a mini dress; or as originally intended, wear the slip under the trousseau dress. In my view, the exquisite needle art is too pretty to hide.
Garment sketches show the Boué silhouette evolved with the times. On the other hand, a consistency in the use of fabric and embellishment maintained the characteristic Boué look.
The original shoulder straps are of silk satin ribbon. The label reads "Boué Soeurs/Paris/expressly for Franklin Simon & Co."
The condition is excellent and all original.
It measures: 36" bust, 38" waist, 40" hip, and 38" center-front length.