Beaded velvet and brocaded satin evening coat, c.1922
Sumptuous evening coats from the early 1920s are difficult to find, especially in this fab cocoon shape—then the height of fashion. With its luxe fabric and exquisite detailing, our regal coat is probably French. The apogee of the golden age of couture was in Paris in the early 1920s. Since then, the style and finish of high style clothing has not been equaled.
The body of the coat was made from black-and-gold brocaded satin. The shoulders, cuffs, and collar are of black velvet. The surface is covered with gold beads and sequins. The loose fitting coat closes at the neckline and hipline with large velvet buttons. It is lined with champagne colored satin.
Whether the design was geometric or featured the intense colors of Orientalism, Art Deco was always boldly graphic. Surface ornamentation—rather than silhouette—took center stage in Deco style, which was inspired by Art Deco fashion illustration.
The graphic black-and-gold palette was a favorite evening choice in the early 20th century. Conveying aristocratic luxury, this sophisticated color scheme never goes out of style with the fashion elite. Finally, black and gold have traditionally been royal colors.
There is nothing quite so enduringly chic and timeless as a luxe evening coat. The glittering Deco design infuses the dress with high-octane 1920s glamour. This is a dress for a stylish woman who knows her value. Her audience, bedazzled by the scintillating beauty of the dress, will fall under her spell.
The condition is almost excellent. The coat has been gently worn.
It measures: 50" circumference and 51" from shoulder to hem.