1930s Black Satin Ruffle Dress

 

 

Everyone has their era.  The one that really speaks to you, and makes you feel transformed with longing, as if you were born at the wrong time.  We suppose that there are those non-romantics who think that the present time is just dandy and feel no pull from the past, but we're excluding those people from this discussion.  For us, it's the 1930s specifically, the glamour of Hollywood in the 1930s.  If it were at all remotely practical, we'd waltz around in bias-cut silk gowns by  Travis Banton and satin pajamas by Adrian. Alas, we'd look a little strange in our day to day life in it, so we save it for other occasions, and this gorgeous dress is just the kind of thing we love for that glamorous old-Hollywood look. Bias cut in supple black rayon satin, this gorgeous faux wrap dress has loose-fitting bodice with tapered deep batwing sleeves, set into the waist which is accented off to the left  with ruching and a huge drapey bow.  The back of the waist has an attached half belt. The edge of the paneled skirt is trimmed with a double faced ruffle.  It has a zippered closure on the left side.   Bust measures 36", waist 24", hip 34", shoulder 15", sleeve 20", length 46". Except for minor fading to the inside facing of the collar, it is in excellent condition. $375