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1920s evening cape

#7533 $750 Sold

Silk velvet evening cape, 1920s

Our unadorned evening cape needs no embellishment to become the focus of attention. The fabulous fuchsia hue and sensual silk velvet are all you need to feel at home on the red carpet.

The softly controlled fullness of the torso is caught in below the hipline by a bias-cut flared skirt. Madeleine Vionnet invented the bias cut in 1922 to make her garments reveal form and respond to movement.

The cape features a soft stand-up collar and two long neckline ties in back. The ties, which hang straight in the pictures, could also be tied in a back bow or brought around to the front.

The lining is of matching fuchsia silk. In it are an inside pocket and an arm loop on each side of the front opening.

Our brilliant, eye-catching cape was made for the grand entrance—whether at a party, the opera, or a movie premiere. Wearing one of her dramatic creations, designer Maria Monaci Gallenga became an overnight sensation on the opening night of a Broadway play in New York in 1916.

The label reads "Coltman/8 West 45th Street/New York."

The condition is very good. A few minor issues do not spoil the appearance or wearability. I found two tiny, inconspicuous mends. The top of the lining has tears near the neckline. The lining is not shattering and does not need to be replaced.

It measures: 60" circumference and 48" from shoulder to hem.

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