Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery







#4804 - c. 1932 HOUSE OF ARDANSE, Paris Gold Lame and Ruby Velvet Trained Gown! Wow! I'm having such a hard time finding extraordinary gowns of the 1930's. I'm sure the Great Depression of the 1930's may have something to do with it!! But obviously the woman who ordered this gown wasn't touched by the disastrous times. The House of Ardanse was considered "influential" in the fashion world at the time... A 1932 Pattern book includes patterns for day and evening wear adapted from Lanvin, Paray, Chanel, Mainbocher, Schiaparelli, Vionnet, Chantal, Patou and yup, you guessed it... Ardanse. So even though YOU haven't heard of Ardanse... trust me... those in the know know! :) Gold bullion lame lace in a consistent vertical graduated hue throughout. Ruby red velvet ribbon straps running through the low back. The bustline has the draping styling of the era... and for fun, I folded up a bit of the draping to see what the gown would look like with less drape at the bust. Check out the photos.. gives the gown a more modern or Empire look. Measures: up to 38" bust, up to 33" waist, up to 39" hips, 60" long from shoulder to hem in front, 65" long in back. Excellent condition with just minor leg breaks, and as I'm EXTREMELY picky... extreme minor fraying at lace edging and extreme minor tarnishing of gold at hemline. Otherwise bright gold lame and Excellent condition!!! Nude chiffon and rayon lining. Back hooks to close. Rare Parisian designer gown in best fabrication of the era.

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display