Beaded bias cut burgundy velvet 1930s dress | XS

1930s - 1940s Clothing




The slinky, bias-cut burgundy rayon velvet of this 1930s cocktail dress or evening gown is trimmed with rows of white glass beading around the deep V neckline and at the openings of the elegantly draped sleeves. A narrow band of velvet snaps across the neckline, but could easily be removed (or pinned back) if you prefer a more risqué neckline. The fantastic elbow-length sleeves are shirred along the top of the shoulders and arms, creating the fullness that drapes on their undersides. The bias-cut skirt is made up of several diagonally seamed panels. The waist seam is somewhat high in front, and very high and curved in back. The attached sash ties in front, as shown. As you can see, this 1930s evening dress is a bit shorter than full-length on our tall mannequin—making it a mid-calf-length cocktail dress for a taller person, or a tea-length evening gown for a shorter one. In very good condition, the dress has some slight pulling to the stitching at the waist seam (hidden under the sash when worn), a very few missing white glass beads, and a small mend at the front of the bodice (see close-up photo). These minor issues should not significantly detract from the beauty of this 1930s dress—perfect for the holidays!

Size: XS
Bust: approx. 34” flat, to fit approx. 32B-C
Slightly high waist: 27” flat, stretching up to max. 29”
Hip: 33” flat, stretching up to 38”, with best fit for approx. 34-36”
Length: 53” from shoulder to hem in front measured flat, will be a bit shorter when worn
Underarm to (high) waist seam length: 6”
Waist to hem at side seams: 38”
Sleeves: 8” long with 10” max. opening