This is an original 1920s chiffon tea dress in a soft apricot silk, with a modernist cubist design.
The geometric stepped decoration features hand stitched inserts of a finely patterned silk jacquard, which is inset with the most meticulous of stitches.
Two sections of the dress feature a horizontal pleated stripe dropped at the waist and again at the hem.
The neckline is a simple singlet design, generously cut scooped arm holes are complimented by subtle smocking at the bottom.
The condition of this piece is fair for its age.
There are a few small holes here and there, and a larger tear at the shoulder strap which would benefit from some reinforcement.
The silk has a few stains spotted about the shoulders.
There are no discrepancies with the jacquard insets. There is no fading or major problems with the colours of silk.
Given it’s age, I wouldn’t recommend wearing this piece, as I would say about all clothes from 100 years ago.
Although the silk is still robust we can not guarantee that wearing this, moving, and sitting down would cause stress to the material.
This piece is perfect for the collector of 1920s fashion, and is a great example of cubist design.
Size, would best fit a ten.