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This dramatic "Bumble Bee" colored party set is from the late 1930's. The ad shown in the 4th photo shows a similar dress from a 1937 HARROD'S advertisement.

This set is made of sheer black cotton tulle net with intricately pleated/tucked horizontal and vertical panels. The bolero is lined in black chiffon.

This fabulous dress features a fitted bodice with a round keyhole neckline, capped sleeves with godet pleats and a wasp waist.
The waist is adorned with an attached apron-like belt which attached at the back with hooks. The front of the belt is decorated with two large yellow satin buttons.

The skirt is fitted at the hips and has a slight flare at the hem. This closes at side with hooks and snaps/fasteners.

This has a matching cropped bolero which features huge puffy sleeves, ruched shoulders, a large pleated collar and attaches at the front with hooks. The sleeves also have snaps at the end for a more "puffed out" look.

This is shown with a yellow nylon slip which is not original to this set. The original slip would have been made of yellow satin or rayon taffeta. But this slip is included if you want it :)

If you are unsure about the color of an item or the type of fabric, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The bust will fit up to 36"
The waist is up to 26".
Top of bust to waist is 16"
Shoulder to shoulder is 16"
Hips are up to 38"
This measures 47" in length.

The bust is open but is best suited for anywhere between 34" to 36".
The waist is up to 27"
Front length from shoulder to hem is 15"
Back length from neckline to hem is 16"
Shoulders are 16"


The dress is in VERY GOOD and READY TO WEAR condition with following flaws to note:

1)The under-arms of the dress have been repaired. Gussets were added and they have been heavily darned. Please see the last photo. These are under the arms of the dress and will not show unless you raise your arms and look very closely. If you wear the dress with the bolero, it can't be seen at all.
2) There are some tiny holes in the net (as net fabric gets over time) and the hemline shows some repairs as well.

The bolero and slip are in MINT condition. They have no rips, tears, stains, alterations etc.

This item has been professionally cleaned and will be wrapped in acid free tissue paper and packaged with the utmost care.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Communication is the key to a good customer/seller relationship :o)


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Items are sent to you in a ready to wear condition. "Estate fresh" garments are never in ready to wear condition so that means we take the extra time/care to either carefully launder and iron our items, steam, press or have them dry cleaned before sending.
The only garments that we do not clean are deadstock/new old stock garments that have not been worn. Collectors prefer these in "Estate fresh" condition. However, if you purchase a deadstock item from us and would prefer it cleaned before sending out, just let us know. There is no charge for this...just request this.
We NEVER use items such as Febreeze or Dryel as those are not cleaning agents. They are only used to mask odors and will leave dirt and residue in your vintage garment.

RESERVED Final Payment: Vintage 30s BUMBLE BEE Black Sheer Net Chiffon Art Deco Dress Bolero Slip Set S


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: couture, satin, chiffon, lace, tulle net, cotton tulle
  • Only ships within United States.
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