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# 6321 - RARE c. 1930's MADELINE VIONNET Gown of Black Crepe-Satin with Rhinestone Clips and Chain Down Back and Slightly Trained!  I was told by an expert (more expert than I) that this gown is from Spring, 1938. And even though he is the expert, he had determined that this gown had been tied with the bow in the front.  However, I believe it might have been tied as you see it in the low slung back.  I could certainly be wrong... but I like it!  And I have a line drawing from c. 1932 that shows a gown worn like this, so... whether I'm right, or whether I'm wrong (isn't there a song like that??), I will let all the other experts fight it out and I will assume I'm right. ;)   OK... now you HAVE to go look at the close up photos to see the most thrilling part of this gown that doesn't show up in the lightened photos... the rhinestone chain that hangs down the middle of the low "v" back!!!!   This is why I wish I had lived through the 1930s.  Fashion as just SOOO damn sexy!  Hidden closures at the front are covered by the sash.  The rhinestone clip at front is on a hinge so it opens to hold the separate extremely long matching satin sash at the mid-front.. then you wrap that sash around the gown however you wish... follow me or not! :)  Gathered material at the bodice sides, great shaping at the armholes, and material like liquid.  This gown is in remarkably EXCELLENT condition.... the material is like new... so the only issue is that many of the rhinestones have fallen out or discolored, so they will need to be replaced if you wish.  The tiny ones are easy, but there are half-moon shaped ones that will be harder to find.  I have 4 of the 9 that are out, so 5 are missing.  NOTE:  A 1920s embroidered Vionnet dress recently sold at auction for $70,000, so... just sayin'.   This gown is shown on my size 2 mannequin and it fits her great.  SOLD

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