To when we shot one of my absolute favorite pieces and probably one of my favorite gems of my archives collection✨
The RARE, original and authentic 1920’s French HandMade Embellished Tunic Tabard Dress #lookbook
This captivating dress with intricate hand beading, strongly epitomizes all the quintennial 1920’s Art Deco high society style, exuding extravagance and luxury. This dress is signature 20’s ‘tabard’ or ‘tunic’ design, which is made consisting of only two pieces, the front and the back, that slip over the head. Also known as the ‘chemise’ style, which is synonymous with the unfitted flapper style, without any darts, pleating, or fitted seams. It became popular to show your arms in the 20’s as many ‘flappers’ added long elbow length gloves for special occasions.
While the tabard or chemise style was simple, it was often adorned with sequins and beading, like this one. The entire art movement of this time was called Art Deco and it played a large roll in geometric shape on fashion. Beading was all the rage for the entire decade. At first beads were placed in small clusters to accent the hip, bust, shoulder, or hem. Then, all over glass beading on net created the “fabric” with elaborate Art Deco designs. These gowns were handmade in Paris, France and they were extremely expensive to own. Only the wealthiest of flappers could afford one. You will turn heads in this bold, timeless, ‘Old Hollywood,’ authentic, antique dress! It’s incredible embellishments and elaborate French beading make it a true vintage collectors’ item!
History Lesson about the Beading. This intricately beaded dress was for the elite and extremely costly as the bead work was all done by hand as it still is today in the couture fashion industry. A beading pattern is printed or drawn onto the fabric first, then beads are attached prior to assemblage. The sheer fabric is stretched onto a tambour frame then beads or sequins are attached one-by-one by hand with a tambour hook. Techniques of bead manufacturing in France were often handed down from one generation to another from a family member or loyal employee.