New York silk lace dress, c.1924
This winsome lace confection is a reminder that the 1920s had conflicting style trends. Sophisticated, glamorous styles (actress Pola Negri as the vamp) as well as sweet, romantic dresses took their turn at center stage.
Our dress was constructed with two separate layers attached at the neckline, shoulders, and drop waist. The slip-style under layer is of black silk chiffon with a skirt lining of black China silk, attached black lace sleeves, and a satin ribbon cummerbund.
The lace over dress is decorated with velvet ribbon rosettes and streamers that hang from the base of the cummerbund. Each layer closes separately with hooks and snaps.
The pretty watered silk floral pattern of the cummerbund shows through the outer lace. The elegance of a truly fashionable woman can be read in such design details, which are like parts of an orchestral score to which the composer has devoted infinite labor, though they may never catch the ears of the public.
Early 20th century high-end New York store labels often read New York/Paris, because the garment was made in France. In addition to the New York/Paris attribution, the label also has "Reg. US Pat Off."
Here is a dress for a woman whose fine form and ever stylish costume affect all who meet her. Each of her dresses is the projection of a particular aspect of her soul. This is the triumph of style and mien over beauty of countenance.
The condition is excellent and wearable. In the lace are several small mends, which are difficult to detect.
It measures: 36" bust, 34" waist, 40" hip, 20" from the shoulder to the drop waist, and 40" from the shoulder to the hem.