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Late 1930s cocktail dress black sheer lace | L


Late 1930s cocktail dress black sheer lace | L

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Size: L **
Measurements given have been taken from both the slip and the dress, where appropriate**
Bust (slip): measures 41” flat to fit up to 40”
Waist seam (dress): measures 37” flat to fit up to 35” loosely or 36” with a snug fit
(Dress is somewhat high-waisted/petite—see underarm to waist seam measurement)
Hip (slip): measures 47” flat to fit up to 44” / Hip (dress): measures 48” flat
Length: 45” from shoulder to hem in front
Underarm to waist seam length (dress): 6.5” (short-waisted or petite)
Waist to hem length: 29.5”
Sleeve: 12” long with 13.5” opening, measured flat and doubled
Shoulder to shoulder: 14”
Label: Adaptation Lucile Paray Paris

This sheer black, embroidered eyelet net lace, late 1930s dress is an adaptation of a design by French couturier Lucile Paray. Never heard of her? We hadn’t either, but based on our research, we should have! According to a list in “Chic Thrills, A Fashion Reader” (1992, Ash and Wilson) of leading lady designers of the 1920s “the period between the First and Second World Wars…might be called the golden age of the couturiére. In addition to Chanel, the leading couturiéres included: Alix…the Callot Sisters…Jeanne Lanvin…Lucile Paray…”. The sheer dress comes with a matching slip of black taffeta and sheer silk mesh. The dress has a V-neckline with a small collar and elbow-length sleeves with slightly puffed shoulders. The collar, sleeves and front center of the dress are edged with a wide band of vertically stitched trapunto trim. The skirt has a gently flaring, A-line shape. Its center front has an inset panel of pleated, sheer silk mesh, adding a bit of extra fullness, from hip to hem. The dress fastens in front with loops and faceted, clear glass buttons, painted with black enamel. The slip has no fastenings. In very good condition, this 1930s cocktail dress has only one issue to note: some of the black enamel has chipped off the glass buttons. This is difficult to notice against the dark dress fabric--and it could easily be repaired by re-painted the buttons that need it. This lovely 1930s designer dress in a larger size is a great vintage find!

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