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This dress is now reserved for Jo. If you're not she, please don't purchase it. Thank you!

This beautiful dress made entirely of unusual black novelty lace dates from the late 1930s, height of the golden years of The Jazz Age. The sweepingly full skirt with inset just below the waist would - and undoubtedly did - make quite a statement on the dance floor.

The Great Depression was over, and World War II had begun in Europe. The great ballrooms and dance pavilions throughout the country, such as The Savoy in New York, were packed with dancers, dancing to the newest big band greats of the day.

('What's that I hear? The strains of Benny Goodman in my ear.' -- Joni Mitchell)

But, enough of the color of the era, and on to more of the dress.

The collar is gathered and then opens to a face-framing V, and beautiful faux 'black pearl' centered buttons surrounded with glass baguette rhinestones fasten down the front to the waist. The bodice is slightly blouson, with the waist fitting at the natural waist.

I'd wear this with a dark gunmetal gray or black belt, and a pretty black (or white, or yellow, or coral, or essentially any color) slip showing underneath. And heels. Except in fall and winter, then boots with heels.

Label: None (but then, where would you put it where it wouldn't show?)
Era: Late 1930s
Color: Black
Size marked: None, as is usually the case with older vintage, approximately a modern size 10 to 12
Fabric: Unusual novelty lace that gives the impression of eyelet; feels like soft cotton
Fastenings: Side metal zipper, buttons up the front of the bodice

The Measurements: 38-40 inches bust, 31 waist, 44 hips, 16-17 shoulder to shoulder (Dolman set, so this is approximate, as is sleeve measurement), 22 sleeves, 18 mid shoulder to waist, 54 mid shoulder to hem.

The Condition: Excellent, with a few minor flaws. Some of the finish has come off on the faux pearl centers on several of the buttons, and a few of the rhinestones have darkened. On the back near the hem of the skirt there was a small tear in the lace which I've mended so invisibly I had to mark it on the underside with a safety pin in order to have any hope of finding it again and taking a shot to show you. (See last photo.)

The Shipping: Delivered by Benny Goodman's clarinet, I mean Priority mail, within the U.S.; International First Class to Canada, and International First Class to Everywhere Else.

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RESERVED for Jo - Vintage 1930's Novelty Lace Dress // Black Sweeping Skirt 30s Dress L


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