Get ready for Valentines Day with this gorgeous red velvet dress from the 1920s. Perfect also for a set on Downton Abbey, the red silk velvet sheath dress has a wide self-belt or sash trimmed with long copper beaded fringe. Beading and sequin ornamentation embellish the neck, armholes and front center along with wonderful stylized flowers all over the skirt. The dress simply slips over the head with no additional opening or fasteners, but the skirt is slit up the front, concealed by the wide sash.
This fashionable garment bears a label from Adair / 4 Cité Paradis / Paris and was made probably in the mid to late 1920s. The House of Adair made beaded dresses in France for export to the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Their peak of production was in 1924-1925, closing their doors in the 1930s.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from the Charleston Museum’s textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday