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lace flapper dress

#2783 $750

Embroidered net flapper dress, c.1927

Perfect for a warm summer's day, our cotton net dress is decorated with panels of raised embroidered flowers, pin tucks, and Irish crochet inserts. The variety and piquant charm of the schematic floral motifs is truly memorable.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

The oatmeal hue and abundant embellishment intimate the precious heirloom value. Yet the relaxed, unstructured style is effortless to wear. The bias-cut flirty skirt panels add a touch of flapper sass to an otherwise straight silhouette.

The unusual oatmeal hue is an appealing alternative to the usual white. Indeed, contrast is an important principle in fashion.

The Duchess of Rutland (1910) had three daughters. Lady Diana Manners, the youngest and most beautiful child, was quite blond. When Diana made her debut, she did not wear the pink-and-white dress worn by debutantes of the time. Instead, she wore a beige hue (like our dress) that made her opalescent complexion appear even more glowing.

The shoulders are capped with Irish crochet ruffles. The fine Irish crochet distinguishes this 1920s style still beloved by modern fashion sensibility as in this wedding picture of a 2013 Australian bride.

The condition is almost excellent. I found just a few tiny, almost invisible mends.

It measures: 42" bust and waist, 45" hip, and 40" from shoulder to hem.

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