1920s Egyptian Assuit Dress with Hammered Silver Metal & Gold Lame
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This dress sold to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada and will be on display coming soon.
Absolutely stunning and rare authentic 1920s Egyptian Assuit flapper dress featuring hand hammered silver metal. Assuit is a type of mesh net fabric that originates from the Assuit region of Egypt - it is frequently used in belly dancing costumes. The fabric has great lateral elasticity, thanks to its openwork mesh. It is heavy and retains heat, but the real draw of this fabric is that it has an amazing ability to drape. Unlike heavy flapper beaded dresses that hang straight down, this dress slips on and off and loves to move! The weight of metal and the air in the mesh keeps the dress light and flowing as you move.
During the 1920s, hammered Assuit shawls and dresses were sought after by stylish flapper girls and today they are highly collectible. Take a moment to truly examine the exquisite Art Deco design on this dress: the hammered metal is completely symmetrical and there are Egyptian motifs of houses, camels, and churches throughout. The pattern starts at the top and then criss-crosses right in the center bust into a luscious and full art deco pyramid pattern.
It features faux pearl and silver lame embellishments with pleating at each side at top-of-thigh level. The neckline and arms are finished with silver lame damask ribbon. It is in excellent condition, and is very wearable - I can spot a couple of small marks that may come out with cleaning, and a few of the faux pearls are missing, but these would be easy enough to replace. The structure and fabric of this dress is very strong and there are no major holes in the fabric that I can see. The left shoulder has been reinforced with gold lame ribbon and there is some very slight discoloration underneath the armpits (please see photos).
Size: Small/ Medium, with some stretch due to the mesh.
Shoulder to shoulder: 15"
Condition: Excellent wearable vintage condition. As mentioned above, there are some small spots of discoloration on the dress, but this is normal for an item of this age. These are hidden in the fabric for the most part and may come out with cleaning. Overall the fabric is very strong and I see no holes in the mesh. There are two areas where the mesh has been repaired previously- done well with cotton thread. The shoulders have been reinforced with antique gold lame tape. There is some faint discoloration under the right armhole (again not too noticeable and normal for an item of this age). Honestly you could wear this as is out of the box, because the minor flaws are not noticeable and do not structurally detract from the dress at all.
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