|Clothing advert from 1928|
As a teenager I would visit my sister in upstate/ central New York every year for as long as I could manage. My favourite pastime was haunting the antique and vintage clothing shops of the area (Clinton Street in Binghamton used to have the best shops!). There was a small, run-down village near where we lived with a charming antique store called Extra Buttons. They had a little bit of everything. It was at this shop that I found this fabulous silk 20s dress.
It's a very simple dress, typical of the boxy silhouette that typifies the 1920s - especially 1925-1930. There are nice little details, however. Some smocking at the shoulders and cuffs, and small buttons, which were once fabric-covered at the hips.
|The smocked sleeves with ties.|
|A tuck at the shoulder and smocking at the top of the sleeve.|
|This is an over-the-head dress, but there are snaps at the left shoulder to ease getting it on and off.|
Another wonderful feature of this dress is the pattern of the silk. It's a wild blue and light grey chevron design.
|Quite a large hem!|
|One of the side metal buttons. It had been covered in the same fabric, but it wore off.|
|The other button.|
|The neck ruffle.|
|The full view again. Isn't it a fabulous dress?|