An incredible, rare and striking ensemble, this 1930s set will make your entrances bolder than ever. The dress is an ideal very late 1930s shape. The neckline is high, finished with a kitten bow, above a pleated bust. The sleeves are perfect puffs with large sleeve headers for shape. The midwaist is wide, and falls below the natural waist, meeting the pleated skirt at the top of the hips. The skirt is a decadent, very pre-war use of fabric, so it's free, swingy and swishy. The dress closes on the side with a sturdy metal zipper. The matching cape is a red crepe, fully lined with self-fabric. It's not EXACTLY reversible, despite super tidy finishing, but you can fake it if you don't mind the hem. This set still has the original self-fabric belt.
Bust: 39" flat to 42.5" accounting for pleats (pleating allows extra room at front only)
Label: None Present
Material: Rayon, Rayon Crepe
Condition: Cape: Very Good, Dress: Good, as is
This set is sturdy and ready to wear. It has not been dry cleaned, due to social distancing. On the cape, I've found two tiny snags to the crepe side, but nothing else to note. The dress has some mild yellowing around the upper back, underarms and sleeves, and both underarms have that sort of ripple strains with some thinning that can be common on this hard type of rayon. That said, tugging at it, there's no weakness - this is from movement while being worn too snugly.
There's three spots on the midwaist, all faint, and one hidden in a pleat of the bodice at the left. There are three more small spots scattered in the skirt, one with a tiny thin spot. The print is super busy, so flaws are easily masked in the floral. The belt is tanned and a bit worn with age. I find no other issues to note! I've made it sound bad, but I'm really just being picky due to value.