Bias-cut silk nightgown, 1930s
I love sexy bias-cut designs, a style that became synonymous with Hollywood glamour during the Great Depression. The bias cut molds the dress to the woman, rather than vice versa.
Made from cream-colored silk damask, the nightgown is completely hand sewn, suggesting it was expensive when new. The bodice is decorated with pin tucks, appliquéd net, and Chinese-style, coiled-cord button closures.
The condition is almost excellent. I would normally list this one in the 1920s-1930s Section at a much higher price but for a tiny flaw: a miniscule hole in the outer layer of net on the bodice, barely visible because the hole is backed by an under layer of net.
It measures: 36" bust, 32" waist, 42" hip, and 62" from shoulder to hem. The nightgown is not as large or long as implied by the measurements because bias cuts stretch and mold to the figure. It was photographed on a mannequin that measures 35" bust, 25" waist, 36" hip and 6" tall.