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Basha Gold

Vintage 1920s Black White Silk Dot Magenta Pom Pom Draped Dress


The cultural changes ushered in by the Roaring Twenties were reflected in the fashions of the time, which favored youthful and slender silhouettes free from restrictive shaping undergarments. Though it is an era often associated with Gatsbyesque decadence, many styles were inspired by a desire for simplicity and freedom, ranging from the somewhat androgynous dropped waist flapper dress to more romantic and feminine evening dresses.

This 1920’s dress, however, effortlessly evokes the laid-back glamor of the Jazz Age, needing no sequins to accomplish its diaphanous effect. Black silk printed with a uniform pattern of white dots makes up the body of the dress, with a plunging neckline meeting a sash belt that drapes down the front of the dress as an overlay piece. An insert of beige silk lifts the neckline, which works seamlessly with the other elements of the dress and offers a nice contrast to the black silk and chiffon.

Two rows of magenta pom-poms offer a pop of color while accentuating both sides of the V shape at the front and the sheer panel at the back of the bodice, pausing at the waist, and continuing down the front of the skirt. The sheer three-quarter length sleeves open to a small slit at the elbow bordered with magenta pom-poms on each side, with a second layer of chiffon creating a gentle flounce.

The lower half of the dress is a cascade of silk, with the asymmetric tulip-shaped underskirt reaching nearly to the ankles at the back and is cleverly overlaid with a panel of silk that reaches the knees at the front. A light and graceful classic, this dress is the perfect summer wardrobe addition for evenings out on the town.

Size estimate: Small


Shoulders: 16 inches

Sleeves: 18 inches

Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 30 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Length: 47-51 inches

This 1920’s dress is in very good condition, with snap closures in the bodice and lining of the dress. There is a stain on the beige silk at the neckline that could not be removed during the cleaning process, and there is also some discoloration on the beige cotton lining that is not visible when worn.

The silk insert can be removed or replaced at the buyers discretion, as the dress may be worn with or without it. Aside from these small issues the dress is in strong wearable condition, and has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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