1920s 2-Piece Silk Art Deco Dinner Dress or Tea Gown with Lace Jacket
An exquisite original antique art deco silk tea or dinner dress and lace jacket from the mid 1920’s.
Not every special occasion calls for a flashy beaded flapper dress and this antique dress and coat are the proof.
The dress consists of peach colored silk georgette trimmed at the hem with 3 ½” wide lace under a sheer, natural color silk chiffon crepe decorated vertically down the center front with a band of 3 ¼” wide floral patterned Point de Venice needle lace. On either side at the top of the vertical lace band are snap fasteners that once held the jacket in place.
The silk crepe and lace jacket is breathtaking with matching floral Point de Venice needle lace bands on each sleeve, down the center back, and horizontally at the dropped waistline where it widens in the front. The lower third of the jacket is Schiffli. The edges of the lace insertions are decorated with metallic thread on the jacket only, which adds much visual depth. Silk covered weights are sewn on the interior at the center front of each side and there is shirring at the shoulders.
The jacket sleeves are beautifully designed. Below the lace band, three individual squares of crepe are attached at two opposite corners – one corner to the lace band and the other to the cuff band, and leaving the remaining two corners free, creating a lovely fluttering effect with arm movement.
These dress is in very good condition, truly amazing for its age and with all the lace portions! There are scattered small holes in the crepe chiffon silk of both pieces. Most are pencil eraser size or smaller and not terribly distracting. There is a hole about the size of a quarter in the fold of the jacket collar, which is mostly unseen when the collar is folded into place. The holes are fairly well hidden due to the color of the silk – similar to skin color. There are several dark spots on the crepe of the jacket, including small ones that correspond with the snap halves on the dress, with a spot about the size of a half dollar on one of the sleeve squares (I would imagine those sleeves would have stories to tell!) being the most notable and due to the flowing nature of the sleeve, has to be hunted for. Near the center front, toward the hem, the crepe of the dress has some dark spotting, as well, but is well hidden by the lace on the lower third of the jacket. The peach silk appears to be fairly clean. The straps of the dress are broken. They were tied in bows when the dress was obtained. I don’t know if the original owner did that purposely as an adjustment to fit or if they broke and this was the “fix”. The silk crepe is about the color of silk stockings and of similar weight and could easily be replaced if so desired. There is a repaired tear on the right side seam, noted mostly because the outer crepe chiffon is a little longer in that area.
The lace is in amazing condition throughout the dress and jacket. No major breaks have been noted and I am hard pressed to find small ones.
This is a beautiful treasure and, while likely strong enough for wear, it is not recommended.
Please note: The color of the dress is very much peach. On some monitors it appears orange. It is not.
Length: 34” (dress fabric only since the straps will need replacing)
Waist: 40” (at the dropped waistline – top of lace band)
Shoulders: 14 ¼”
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