Here's another Virtual Vintage View, this one, another from the estate of Jessie Laurent Harper, is a 1940s Metallic Silvery tulle gown. It's a really cool looking gown in person, but it does have some flaws, as noted in the description below. I tried to show in the video the taffeta lining in the skirt which has faded and the hole in the back of the skirt.
#DV-314- Metallic Silvery tulle gown - $70.00
Era - 1940s
Measurements - 55 inches long, fits 32 inch bust, 25 waist, full hips.
Label - 'Fashion Approved Enka Rayon, Fifth Avenue Bonwit Teller New York'
Fabric - The top is a woven metallic rayon, tulle is rayon and the lining of the skirt is acetate taffeta.
The top of this gown is a woven metalic rayon that is an antique gold with a little bit of black going through it, and it is kind of thready and a little puckered. The straps are twisted and form little cap sleeves. There is some shirring down the center of the bust and a little down each side. The waist is seamless and slightly dropped. The upper back of the dress has a nice low scoop. The bodice is lined in a thin black rayon chiffon and there is a metal zipper down the side. The full length skirt is nice and full. It is two layers of a silvery rayon tulle over an acetate taffeta lining. The lining is a pinkish-lavender grey shade. From the estate of Jessie Laurent Harper
Condition - The dress is in good to very good condition. The lining has faded from the original color, I'm not sure of what the original color was. This faded color is even, and it looks fine to me through the silvery tulle, but you may want to change the lining. There is a 4 inch tear on the tulle on the center of the skirt, on the back. I will leave that repair up to the buyer. I would just stitch it shut and stitch some of the gathers of the tulle together to hide it. But you may think of another way to hide it - with flowers down the back, or a faux bustle piece of fabric. There are also about 20 small holes scattered on the back of the tulle too, up to 1/2 inch in size. Still a very wearable evening dress. The $70 price reflects the flaws. If the dress were in excellent condition, I'd have it priced at over $200.
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