Crepe gown with ribbon embroidery
The fashionable silhouette of the 1930s was elongated and elegant with skirts often cut on the bias to flow gracefully over the form of a trim slender figure which was seen as the ideal of the time.
Garment loan courtesy of Across the Board
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The fabric is embroidered with flowers and leaves using coloured ribbons with metallic thread centres and stems. The back of the dress has deep fabric folds that create a trailing bustle effect, a feature that had a brief revival at the end of the decade.There are internal ties at the waist to facilitate the drape of the upper half of the dress by fixing and supporting the weight of the skirt.