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1920s beaded flapper dress1920s beaded flapper dress

#c400 $1,250

Beaded chiffon flapper dress, c.1925

After the hard edged geometry of Art Deco, the floral chiffons of the late 1920s were like a fresh spring breeze. With soft pastel coloring and clear crystal beading, our dress brings to mind the incandescent Renaissance beauty of La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli.

The two-piece dress consists of a lilac charmeuse slip and a tabard-style beaded chiffon overdress. Tabard refers to the tunic worn by a knight over his armor. Tabard-style dresses represent an important transitional style from the late 'Teens to the 1920s

The floral print on the overdress is enhanced with clear crystal beading. More beading outlines the neckline, armholes, and seams. The open sides are held together with ropes of beads. Both pieces slip on without closures. I love the scalloped skirt hem.

The tunic has been at the heart of high-style fashion from its beginning. Modern fashion was born in Northern Italy in the 14th century. Pisanello’s great painting The Vision of St. Eustace (1440) shows St. Placidus out hunting. In the height of court fashion, he is wearing a close-fitting golden tunic edged with fur.

The condition is excellent. The original slip, which was shattered, has been replaced. As valued clients know, I generally do everything that can be done to present fine vintage clothing in its highest and best condition. The dress is now fresh and wearable.

It measures 36" bust and waist, 40" hip, and 49" from shoulder to hem.

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