1920s beaded dress

#2102 $850

Beaded silk georgette day dress, c. 1922

The transitional fashion period of the early 1920s produced some of the most elegant designs of the decade. The long lean look had the refinement of the 1910s but was easier to wear. Gone were the elaborate closures of separate layers, requiring a lady's maid for dressing.

This delightful day dress would have been worn with a wide-brim or bicorne hat, as seen in the 1922 fashion plate below by George Barbier. A similar bicorne hat, #7539, is currently for sale.

Our beaded georgette dress perfectly captures the cheerful, buoyant mood of the early 1920s. The taupe colored dress is totally covered with decorative silver beading above the wide hem border.

The graphic hem border features a variety of black beads—some opaque black and some iridescent black. Black beads also outline the neckline and embellish the shoulders.

The intricate, exotic beading motifs are masterful aesthetic hieroglyphs, easily deciphered by the fashion cognoscenti in your "audience." These stylish motifs intimate the wearer belongs to the aristocracy of style, a special cadre of fashion initiates whose smart attire always attracts admiring glances.

The loose fitting style slips on without closures. I love the graceful, partially open sleeves. The small label on the drop waist seam reads "Chandler & Co., Inc." Chandler's was a high end Boston store, started in the 1800s, that catered to the carriage trade.

The condition is very good. The bodice, which was weak, has been partially backed for support. 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 suitable for display or gentle wear. The few tiny stains get lost behind the beading and do not spoil the appearance.

It measures: 44" bust, waist and hip, and 53" from shoulder to hem.

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