#c416 $1,200 Sold
Sequined tulle/satin dinner dress, c.1918
Our sophisticated dinner dress, which makes a dramatic fashion statement, could have been worn by one of the aristocratic ladies at Downton Abbey at the end of World War I. There is nothing so memorable to a man as the first time he sees a woman whose manner and dress capture his imagination once and for all.
The scintillating sequins and the clever faux sleeves were meant to draw attention to the wearer at table amidst the brilliant dinner conversation. The sparkling sequins against black satin create an arresting textural design suggestive of the unfathomable romance and mystery of black.
The layered construction is typical of the period. The black satin under dress has two layers of sequined tulle on the skirt. The sequined tulle over dress is open to the waist on one side, revealing the layered underskirt. The waist has a wide inner petersham.
The dress closes in back with hooks and snaps. When you see the elaborate overlapping of layers that require snaps, you will understand why a lady needed the help of a maid in order to dress.
Here is a stylish dress for a smart hostess. She sees every one and speaks to every one at the right moment, saying just the right thing. One cannot detect any difference in the status of her guests by the spirit in which she welcomes them.
The condition is almost excellent. The dress, which shows gentle wear, can still be worn.
It measures: 36" bust, 29" waist, 40" hip, and 52" from shoulder the hem.