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There are very few of these dresses left in the world, and most of them are owned by museums and private collectors. The rarest and most valuable gem I will probably ever find in my entire career in vintage clothing. Additional photos and provenance details are available for serious inquiries.

// History //

This early 20's silk velvet dress is an original design by Sadie Nemser, an acclaimed designer who created Grace Coolidge's 1923 inaugural gown (check out link below) and sold her highly sought-after gowns in upscale New York City departments stores. Her business was family owned and family members all specialized in different areas of designwork; her exquisite gowns are best known for intricate beading and fine embroidery.

Ms. Nemser was a front runner in cubist dress design. In 1928, Mr. Nemser was awarded the "French National Legion of Honor" for his and Sadie's endeavors (being premier delegates of the "Congress of Garment Retailers of America") for concordance between French and American garment industries.

This dress was purchased at an estate sale in 1987 from its original owner who frequently went on shopping trips to New York City. It belonged to a private collector whom I am representing from 1987 until now.

// Dress details //

Bust: 35"
Interior waistband: 24-32"
High hip: 36"
Hips: free
Bodice length: 21"
Skirt length: 28"
Total length: 49"

This dress is made of heavenly soft champagne colored silk velvet. It is elaborately beaded with clear, gold, white, sage, pewter, lilac and grape glass seed beads and white pearls in a floral motif, and embellished heavily with glistening silver rhinestones.

The dress has a dropped waist, cutout racerback, and the hemline is two different lengths of elongated points. It dips to a "V" in the front, and closes up the sides with snaps and a hook and eye. The left shoulder also opens and the top and hooks closed so the dress can be stepped into with ease. The waistline bloussons at the hip.

A large embroidered satin label is sewn into the bottom hem that reads "Nemser Original Model".

// Condition //

Overall, this dress in in sturdy, good condition considering the age and the relatively fragile nature of silk velvet with such heavy beading. Due to the value of this garment, I do not recommend it for wear. Though the dress is stable and wearable, it is nearly 100 years old and incredibly rare. Wearing this dress is completely at your own risk.

-There are are a few areas of the dress that have rust colored age spots, the worst of which is on the front skirt and about 1.5" in diameter.

- The second owner made some alterations and repairs to the dress so it could be worn. There is a well executed seam at center front of the dress where it once split, and a small little bead applique on the front bodice that was placed there to patch a hole.

- An elastic waistband was added to the inside of the dress to keep weight off the shoulders and prevent shredding. See photos.

- There is some minor bead loss and a few loose beads; there are a couple areas on the bottom hem where a few inches of beading is missing, a few loose and missing beads in the back straps and possibly a few random missing beads in the bodice.

- There is one miniscule pin-hole in the front bodice, and a 1/3" tear/ bead loss at one inside corner on the racerback straps

- I don't see any other holes, large stains, or other problems that detract from the overall presentation of this dress. It does not have rot, and smells lovely. The fabric is strong and shows like a museum piece.

// Terms of sale & shipping //

This dress is a final sale, in as-is condition. If you have any questions about this dress whatsoever, please ask them before purchasing.

Shipping is entirely at your expense, and the rate will depend on your location and preferences. Local viewing and pick-up is available for this piece. You will be required to purchase insurance for this dress and will have to be present to receive it; Fedex is the only courier I will use.

If you have a Fedex account or other type of personal courier service you prefer to use, I can also bill your account.

Check out Grace Coolidge's dress: http://pastperfectvintage.blogspot.com/2008/12/first-lady-day-grace.html

Thanks to: http://www.bustledress.com/cgi-bin/z.pl//item.lisa0001-20091014-01.html

vintage 1920s Sadie Nemser dress // couture evening museum quality flapper in silk velvet Small


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Materials: silk, velvet, beads
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