Beaded chiffon and crepe evening dress, 1930s
This gorgeous dress with its plunging neckline and glittering rhinestones personifies 1930s Hollywood glamour. What a delightful soft maize color! The sunny and cheerful hue will light up the room on the dreariest of days.
The bodice is of silk chiffon embellished with a grid pattern of clear crystal seed beads and outlined with rhinestones and Swarowski-style crystal beads. The design motif is of the last degree of charm—a clever little "bow" tying the "necklace" for the heartbreaker who first wore the dress in 1934.
The cap sleeves are cut-in-one with the bodice. The lining of matching silk chiffon is attached at the neckline. The lower portion of the bodice and skirt are of matching crinkle crepe. The skirt of the dress was taken in along the side front seams. The dress slips over the head with no closures.
I dimly remember seeing this dress on a 1930s movie femme fatale. She was sitting at a table in the Club Chimera. Her eyes were cornflower blue, her head a mass of blond hair waved with glassy precision. Her soft white skin went with the dress, which fit her as if it had a soul of its own, not just a doubtful past.
The condition is almost excellent. The dress shows gentle wear.
It measures: 38" bust, 36" waist, 42" hip, and 53" from the shoulder to the hem.