Incredible Rare Late 1920s Early 1930s Eastern European Hungarian Embroidered Yellow Silk Folk Dress
This amazing dress was made from buttercream yellow coloured silk in the late 1920s / early 1930s. The detailing on this piece is just beautiful, from the three pin tucks at each shoulder, the gentle gathering of the sleeves to the tiered level in the skirt. The neckline is tied together with a rust red tasseled cord, which can be fed through the fabric loops to create a cross over laced up design. The collar, neckline and wonderful bell shaped sleeves have all been finished off with a delicate rust coloured edge. Incredible floral embroidery in shades of rust, burgundy and black decorates the neckline, sleeves and the bottom of the skirt. The work is reminiscent of Eastern European folk embroidery, however the quality of the work is very fine and it is rare for these pieces to have been crafted on silk. As such it may be a Western dress designed to emulate the style of traditional Hungarian and Romanian folk embroidery. A matching fabric sash can be used to cinch the dress in at the waist for a more fitted look. The dress is handmade to a high standard, with no maker’s labels present. The dress only has a small side opening with poppers, so we would suggest leaving a couple of inches of room in the below measurements to put it on with ease.
Shoulders: 15” seam to seam
Length: 42” plus 2 1/2” hem
The dress is in very good condition with only a few small marks, pinholes and a couple of slight seam pops as pictured. Due to the striking design of the dress, these are not noticeable when worn. The rust seams at the bottom of the sleeves have been rather crudely stitched together and we suspect that they may have either been open or had an interlacing tie similar to the neckline once.