1910 - 1920s RARE French Floral Robe de Style Dress - New!
Bust: 38 inches + 96.52 cm
Waist: 30 inches +76.20 cm
Total Length: 48 inches + 121.92 cm
* Original 1920s elaborate French robe de style dress
* Beautiful rose floral patterned organdy dress, with lace, black satin and silk.
* Natural waist with flounced skirt that features pouches on each hipline
* Black attached apron over-bodice, draping low at back & threaded with lilac ribbon
* Round scooped neckline edged in lace
* Gathered sleeves with lace trim
* A museum-worthy gown
Robe de Style
The French couturier Jeanne Lanvin is credited with resurrecting the classic wide-skirted 18th Century gowns and bringing it up to date to suit the tastes of fashionable 1920s women. The robe de style featured a close fit bodice and a longer, fuller skirt. In fact, some of the skirts were so full that they required side petticoats, panniers, or hoops. The overall fullness of the dress worked well for just about any age or figure. This made it a good option both for the younger ladies of the Jazz Age, who were too young for the flapper craze, as well as, ironically, their mothers who may have preferred a style that was more forgiving.
Silk taffeta, velvet, satin, and a sheer lightweight fabric called organdy were common for the elegant robes de style. In 1921-1923 day, and afternoon versions of the robe de style were seen on trend alongside the straight chemise dresses. The day versions were less full at the hip without the need for padded undergarments. Fullness was added to the hips with ruffles, pleats, apron treatments and layers of net or tulle. The waistband was very wide and did not always sit at the low waist but at the natural or even empire line, the hem was always long often nearing the ankle line. The style remained in vogue until the late 1930s, when the advent of WW2, and its restrictions on fabric, caused the silhouette to become outmoded.
This is a fabulous and very rare, early 1920s dress - worthy of a museum. It is in great condition for its age with some minor flaws including some pinholes to fabric, missing hooks and eyes in a couple of places, wear to silk ribbon, some unravelling of thread near waist. There is a little bit of damage to the internal lining which has a couple of small tears but this cannot be seen from front and could be repaired.
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