Unique Early 1920s Silk Dress with Real Coral Beads, Silk Ribbon in the Shape of Irises and Decorative Stitching


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      This charming, uniquely embellished vintage dress sits on the border of 1919 to 1920. It is not perfect, so please read the condition report, but it is still wearable, absolutely beautiful and unique. The silk base is a soft, subtle pinkish taupe. A built in internal bodice works as an unseen blouse, which supports the short sleeves. The waistline is only slightly dropping, meeting the shirred skirt with piping scallops. The hem is also scalloped, and backed with blue chiffon (as are the sleeves.) The treasure of this dress lies in the beautiful, uncommon style and type of ornamentation. A blue ombré ribbon with metallic edge is appliqued on, in shapes that I think are meant to evoke irises. in and around them, the center of the flowers are made up of coral beads, and two textures of floss are stitched through - one, fuzzy, like caterpillars, the other a glossy silk twist. There was once a snap-in collar, and I do very much wonder if it was also embellished. This dress and the internal blouse close with snaps. 


      Bust: 35"
      Waist: 29"
      Hips: 54"
      Length: 17"

      Label: None Present
      Material: Silk
      Condition: Good, or good minus as is

      This dress is sturdy and ready to wear. Due to the embellishments, I cannot clean it, and there are water spots (irritatingly, some from my steamer) and other little scattered spots throughout acquired in storage. The metallic edges of the blue ribbon has frayed off in some points. There are missing coral beads. The fuzzy texture of the caterpillar stitches has worn off about 50% of the time, leaving a black and white twist thread behind. There is a little staining at the underarms. There are a few tiny pinholes in the skirt 

      Despite these imperfections, this dress is amazing, beautiful to wear, and intriguing to study.
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