Metallic lace flapper dress, c.1925
Antique textiles have a mellow beauty not found in modern synthetics. The burnished patina of the metallic lace is the tribute that time pays to beauty. The incandescent beauty of the lace personifies the dazzling splendor of 1920s fashion.
The dress is fashioned from bronzed metallic lace over a black satin lining, which is attached to the lace at the neckline and armholes. The lining has a wide hem border of black chiffon.
The dress slips on without closures. The lower sides of the bodice are ruched, creating a cummerbund effect. The scalloped border on the lace is of the last degree of charm.
I can almost see Roxane, the dress' original owner, on that memorable day in May,1925 when she took it out of the box to wear for the first time at her parents' garden party. That was where she met the man who was to become her husband.
He never forgot Roxane in this splendid dress. When they were introduced, her gaze rested momentarily on him, like a ray of sunlight straying through a narrow opening, but a joyful ray that seemed conscious of where it fell.
The condition is almost excellent. The dress, which just shows gentle wear, is wearable.
It measures: 38" bust and waist, 50" hip, and 46" from shoulder to hem.