French sequined evening jacket, 1930s
This work of wearable art has the showiness and brilliance celebrated throughout the Depression; a quality in clothes that was paradoxically more important in the 1930s than anytime before or since. See our original article on Fashion in the 1930s.
The hand-beaded jacket is fashioned from black silk organza, which is sheer like chiffon but has a little more body to hold the shape. It closes at the neckline and waist with small self-covered buttons. The jacket is lavishly hand embroidered with clusters of multi-colored, sequined flowers. The heart-shaped leaves are quite thrilling!
In summer, nature paints the fields with her floral masterpiece (3rd picture down), or as Milton put it: "the early blooming primrose that forsaken dies, the pale jessamine, the white pink, the musk rose, the glowing violet, and the well-attired woodbine." Yet here the designer rivals nature in the brilliant profusion of color and form.
Antique textile accessories lend a distinctive originality to a modern wardrobe. This unique jacket will give you the one-of-a-kind look of couture at a fraction of the cost.
The condition is excellent.
It measures: 36" bust, 30" waist, 14" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and 21" from the shoulder to the hem.