Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#3312 - c. 1920's
MADE IN FRANCE - Rue de la Paix Gown Black Velvet Beaded Art Deco Coat! If you know late 1800's, early 1900's high fashion, you will know that Rue de la Paix in Paris was the most fashionable street for the likes of the House of Worth located at #2 Rue de la Paix, and the equally noted designer, Doucet, located at #21/23 on the same street. Although there is not street number on this coat's label, I noticed there was no street number on an early Doucet label from the 1890's, so.... The label is "Rue de la Paix Gown." Likely an export house rather than a couture house. According to my expert, to be a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, a dressmaking house must show a certain number of models each season (this number has changed over the years) and they must do at least part of their business in made to order garments for private clients. An export house sold only to professional buyers from luxury shops around the world. No private clients. The designs were usually "adaptations" of the best sellers at big name Couture houses, but the quality (and prices) were high, and the workmanship at this particular house seems to have been superb. In many ways, one could say that the export houses produced the forerunners to today's, so called, couture ready-to-wear. Measures: 42" long from back neck to hem. The original closure is missing, so an old Marcasite pin comes with the coat for closure. The coat is in Excellent condition with just some beads missing (easily replaced if you are a perfectionist) and one tiny hole found and then lost. Lined in original light blue silk which is slightly faded and has some wear to inside neckline and hemline. Wow!
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study