Flapper printed velvet day dress, c.1925
This lovely dress consists of a slip and an over blouse. Both pieces slip over the head with no closures. The style is effortless and easy to wear. The sleeves close at the wrist with snaps.
The torso of the slip is black silk crepe. The attached skirt and overblouse are fashioned from silk velvet printed with a small scale Deco geometric design.
The simple style is nicely detailed with open work at the neckline and pointed sleeves at the wrist. A draped, bias-cut front panel softens the straight lines of the skirt.
This outfit could have been a "fashion uniform" for the stylish woman of 1925. By choosing a restricted style and keeping to it for years, a woman can concentrate on quality and pursue perfection. Indeed, a simplicity of cut bordering on austerity has characterized many of the most famous fashion uniforms in the 20th century (think Chanel).
The condition is almost excellent. The underarms of the slip are slightly discolored. This does not show when the dress is worn or displayed.
The slip measures: 36" bust and waist, 38" hipline seam, 40" hip, and 40" from the shoulder to the hem.
The blouse measures: 38" bust, waist and hip band, 15" from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, 24" sleeve length to the end of the point, and 26 1/2" from the shoulder to the hem.