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1920s Boue Soeurs dress

#7498 $1,450 Reserved

Boué Soeurs hand-embroidered dress, c.1925

All Boué Soeurs lingerie-style dresses boast exceptionally fine hand embroidery with borders of handmade filet lace. This one raises the needle arts bar with three inserted figural medallions of handmade needle lace. The figures are dressed like 17th century courtiers.

Down the front of the dress, the medallions alternate with baskets of flowers. This bodice design is framed with delightful embroidered dragonflies on sprigs of foliage.

Like the other three Boué Soeurs pieces listed, this dress was part of a wedding trousseau. Made from sheer white cotton batiste, it has side panels of matching cotton tulle. The tulle bodice yoke has rows of pin tucks. Narrow tucks embellish the neckline flounce and lower skirt.

The unstructured style is lightweight and comfortable to wear. It slips on without closures. The tucked tulle neckline flounce can be worn standing upright; or the flounced can be rolled down, accentuating your cleavage.

The handkerchief-style hem is to die for!

The label was removed possibly because it showed through the sheer fabric. I have had this style before, complete with label. Even without the label, the inimitable Boué style is evident.

In 2004 I consulted with an authority on French couture. She said that written provenance or a label was all to the good, but that the garment itself speaks louder than provenance. If the style of the garment says "1920s French lingerie", than that trumps everything else.

Madame Sylvie Montegut and Baronne Jeanne d'Etreillis worked together under their maiden name "Boué". Opening first in Paris in 1899, the sisters later opened a branch store in New York. According to a 1931 Los Angeles Times article: "Boué Soeurs have always stood for the elegant, the artistic, and the feminine in dress."

The condition is excellent. The dress is clean and ready to wear.

It measures: 40" bust, 46" drop waist, 54" hip, and 49" from shoulder to front hem.

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