Velvet and lace evening dress, 1930s
When the Roaring Twenties ended with the stock market crash of 1929, boyish flapper styles gave way to feminine curves and body-conscious cuts. This luxe dress is perfect for dancing!
The beguiling velvet dress, artfully cut in concentric rings that conform to the underlying curves of the body, gracefully skims the hips before flaring out in the circular lower skirt. The additional flare of the lower skirt is supported by a black taffeta lining.
I love the low-cut neckline, framed with a draped collar flounce of fine beige lace. The dress closes on one side with hooks.
Early 20th century dresses, made from real silk velvet, have a luxurious feel not found in modern synthetics. The sensual drape of the velvet and the deep black hue lend a seductive glamour to the alluring dress.
In Paris Fashion, Valerie Steele recounts how black velvet took on the cachet it has today. In the 1430s, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, presided over the grandest European court. His nobles wore brilliant reds and purples. Duke Philip, however, wore black velvet to distinguish himself from his "peacock courtiers" by the somber magnificence of his costume.
Although our dress does not have the glamor (nor the price) of a Fortuny, the deep black velvet has the opulent luxury Fortuny so admired in Renaissance fabrics. He termed velvet, "the aristocrat of stuffs."
By the late 1920s thanks to Coco Chanel, the color black—associated with dignity, mystery, and elegance—had became dominant in women's fashion. Since then, it has remained the color of high fashion.
The condition is excellent and wearable.
It measures: 35" bust, 30" waist, 38" hip, 17" from shoulder to waist, and 56" from shoulder to hem.