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#VD249 1930s Beaded Evening Dress / Gown

Fabulous late 1930s black rayon crepe gown with an amazing handmade lace inset that's enhanced with three sizes of white beads and scattered rhinestones. It has a very small label sewn near the side zipper that says "An Original Design Registered by a Member of Fashion Originators Guild." Fashion Originator Guild started in 1932 by a group of garment designers to prevent design theft or "knock offs" by manufacturers. They formed the Fashion Originators Guild of America, whose first president was Maurice Rentner. They ran into trouble with the FTA in 1936, when the US Supreme Court, in 1941, held that the Guild's practices violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Thousand of designs were registered by over 100 designers, including Hattie Carnegie, and manufacturers over the course of nine years. This gown is a little piece of fashion history, and a beautiful example of late 30s American design. About a size 6, it measures approx. 14" across the lace shoulder inset. The long sleeves are lightly padded with zippers at the wrist and are about 23" long. The bust is 36", waist is 29", hips 38", and 55" overall length. The neckline has a series of ecru covered buttons with lace loops, and some of the buttons have lost their covering, but otherwise, the dress is in excellent condition.



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