Hollywood style chiffon evening dress, 1930s
I love slinky 1930s evening wear, which became synonymous with Hollywood sophistication during the Depression years when America craved fantasy and beauty. In this stylish evening dress, we see the yearning for the lost world of 1920s glamour.
Our sexsational evening gown could have been worn—on or off the screen—by Hollywood's love goddesses in their most glamorous roles: Marlene Dietrich (Shanghai Express), Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey) or Rita Hayworth (Gilda).
The construction indicates the dress was very expensive when new. It was made from two separate layers of ivory silk chiffon over a paneled satin-and-chiffon under layer. Since the cost of additional yardage was significant, the dress was meant for a wealthy woman. Each layer is meticulously finished. The dress closes on the side with small hooks and thread loops.
The style is form fitting to the hipline where the skirt takes on an exaggerated sweep with bias cut panels. The ruffles outlining the panels add to the drama. The outer layer of chiffon is hand embroidered with pink silk floss flowers.
This sophisticated style is very au courant. On the Paris runways, top couturiers are intuiting what women will want coming out of a recession. The soundings are coming up 1930s, a time of seductive glamour against the odds.
The condition is very good and wearable. This was a great dress in its day. In its current, less-than perfect condition, the style still trumps everything else. There are a few small mends; it is soiled along the hemline. These flaws are not obvious when it is displayed or worn.
It measures: 35" bust, 26" waist, 36" hip, and 56" center-front length.