Metallic brocade/velvet evening coat, 1920s
- Art, Goût, Beauté (top 1920s fashion magazine) declared that fashion was "a unique combination of exoticism and modernity, which was at the core of the Art Deco movement." Although the term "Art Deco" was coined in 1968, it refers to an aesthetic in vogue in the decorative arts and fashion from 1909 to 1939. Influenced by the avant-garde, Art Deco used stylized motifs and shapes borrowed from folk art and national traditions.
The magnificent Deco evening coat is so visually arresting because of the powerful color statement, which demands and deserves attention. We can see why flapper evening coats remain a perennial favorite—no other period combined such opulence with such youthful sass.
The body of the coat is fashioned from luxurious blue silk velvet. The deeply set kimono sleeves present an inspired contrast of black-and-gold metallic brocaded satin. The coat has been relined with cream colored silk. The fit is loose and comfortable.
The opulence of black-and-gold (royal colors) makes an indelible impression on the eye of the viewer. Indeed, it is the burnished metallic gold brocade that epitomizes the luxe design. If you have a flair for the dramatic, our brilliant coat for the grand occasion is meant for you.
Yves Saint Laurent summed it up: "Fashions fade, style is eternal." The coat could have been worn to the Metropolitan Opera in 1920 to hear Enrico Caruso sing; or to a gala benefit at the Kennedy Center in 2010.
The condition is almost excellent. Over time the metallic brocaded fabric has darkened at the shoulders and wrists to a burnished bronze, mellow look. I do not consider this a flaw but rather one aspect of the antique beauty. The coat is sturdy and wearable.
It measures: approximately 44"-50" bust and waist (the loose style fits a range of sizes), 52" hip, 23" sleeve length, and 42" from shoulder to hem.