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Circa 1920's Goldenrod Silk Chiffon Beaded Dress

An exquisite dress in a bright and cheerful goldenrod/sunflower sheer tissue silk. Dress is covered in a scroll, vine and teardrop design of artful hand beading. "Crystal" beads are outlined in rows of smaller beads, some of which have a charcoal age patine. Top has a slight blouson effect over the drop waist. The crystal-like beads create a subtle shimmer. Center beads on the torso within the teardrops have rhinestone centers (4 of which are missing). Yellow cotton attached lining.


These are the measurements of the garment, not the body it would fit. Please use a tape measure to take your own measurements, compare with those below and leave enough room (an inch or more) to insure a comfortable fit.

Bust - 33"
Waist - 36"
Hips - 40"
Shoulder to Hem - 39"


Overall very good condition for a garment of this age. We have scrutenized the dress to bring you a detailed and accurate condition report. Though the list is quite long it is because we are thorough and particular!
Here goes~
*The right side of the skirt hangs lower then the left.
* It appears that the lining may be a replacement. Hemline of lining is pinked. The lining has given the dress structure and stability so we believe it saved the integrity of this exquisite dress.
*The sheer chiffon layer is in surprisingly good condition with only a few scattered holes; an example of which we've shown in the 4th photo. There are a couple of similar holes at the hemline, one along the side seam and a couple of other scattered smaller ones on the dress.
*About 4 rhinestone centers are missing in the beads at the torso area. There are *many* beads missing from the dress however there is so much beading throughout that it does not effect the overall look very much. We have left the threads in the dress where the missing beads were originally so that you can easily follow the pattern to replace the beads if you would like. If not, you could remove the threads entirely for a cleaner look. There are presently several small bead replacements on the front /right side that we feel are inappropriate choices for this garment. You can see a hint of them in the 4th photo toward the bottom left of the photo. We have left them in place but feel they are distracting and should be removed.
*A repair of some sort was made around the drop waist which wraps around the side. You can see this in the second photo. It appears to make the blouson drape of the top hang a little off-kilter. You might need to make a minor alteration to this area.
*one side seam needs a few stitches to secure
*some moisture rings to the fabric, the largest of which you can see in the photo of the front bodice. Others are barely visable like the one in the photo which shows the hole under the arm. You can see a bit of a tiny ring toward the shoulder area.

Please remember...this dress is over 90 years old! Truly lovely and we feel it is in very good condition, considering the age. With a little attention, it could be gently wearable, a rarity for a dress of this era. If you have any questions or would like to see additional photos, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Dress is sold as-is.

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