SOLD Amazing vintage c.1940s from earlier parts? burlesque or red carpet dress - oriental beaded design
SOLD - please do not purchase.
This really is a tricky one. The beading and sequins are such a twenties pattern, and in metal and glass.. the panniers very forties.. the ruffles at the shoulder all a bit late 30s Ginger Rogers!
It’s certainly not modern, the thread appears to be cotton and the tulle has that slightly ‘off-gas’ smell of older tulle. I think it’s possibly a 1940s burlesque outfit, some of it made from earlier beaded dress parts (the tiered side panniers originally skirt panels?) but whatever it is it’s pretty impressive!
As you can see the bodice is unlined. The skirt is a full, taffeta lining in black, which also has flying panels to the sides, under the panniers.
Measures: shown unclipped on 32/25/36, it would fit a little bigger but no openings/closures - access is over head or step in.
Bust goes from approx 34 min to 38” max
waist goes from 26” to max 30”
hips free (voluminous taffeta)
shoulder to hem length is 58” to bottom of lining.
Condition: as a costume, it’s perfectly acceptable. For an evening dress it may need a little attention.
- Its been taken in on one side only in the bodice, so you may wish to even that up (although it has a little give so not a necessity as fairly even.
- there are a number of small holes in the net, as shown
- there is a repair in the tulle to the lower side back of the skirt as shown
- the tulle is unfinished at the hem, slightly longer than the lining so you could finish it if you wished.
- the lining side panels have some splashes where they have trailed on the ground as shown in last photos. I’ve wiped but dress has not been cleaned. The skirt lining is clean.
- there is a little sequins loss and loose sequins to the panniers as they are decorated quite heavily and on both sides. You may wish to go over them and secure any loose threads to prevent any further losses, but there are no really notable gaps in the pattern.
Bodice all seems quite secure, and majority of pattern intact.
As ever I’ve given a massive description but hopefully you get the idea! If I had somewhere in mind to wear it I happily would, as is.. sadly I don’t!