Vintage 1920s/1930s silk brocade Asian inspired gold and black quilted collar smoking robe, perfect for making a red carpet entrance at a special event or party. I don't know the exact age, but it comes from the collection of a retired NYC fashion editor who bought it decades ago as an antique robe at the (long gone) Chelsea Flea Market on 26th Street from a dealer there.It may be a later 20th century version of a 1920s robe, but it is definitely not newer than the 1940s or 1950s. This can for a womens size small to medium in my opinion, a 4 through 10 with a bust anywhere from 32" to 40"; It is 50" long so it has some length; the sleeve inseam is 16". The pagoda imagery is chic and lovely, and the gold, black , and cinnamon/cinnabar threads catch the light dramatically. The interior is fully lined in black satin twill, and there is a cinch tie at the back right seam. If you are a size 6/8/10 this can fit nicely in the shoulder; there are 2 pics on a size 6 mannequin.
If you need to see more images on that mannequin message me and I can send. Let the wind catch underneath as you walk into the room. It is in great condition and has no stains, rips, or major wear. The shoulder pads are far out on the shoulder and if you plan to update this piece you might choose to re-pad the shoulder with a longer pad it's fine as is (see images). In a wider shoulder--the shoulder is 18--the pad works just fine; with a narrower shoulder the pad hangs over the shoulder.
It is a typical shoulder style from the period. Measurements: with garment laid flat (with pertinent dimensions). 20-1/2 across the back, opposite the bust. 18" across the shoulder, seam to seam 32" total sleeve length, including shoulder (from center of neckline down shoulder to edge of sleeve) 51" overall length, measured from back of neckline to hemline rear 16" sleeve inseam length 22 outer sleeve length shown on a size XS/S mannequin with a 32-24-33 figure; also shown on a size 6 with a 35-27-35 silhouette. Follow me on InstaG: Chipper1963 Chip Cordelli, Brooklyn, NY.
I have lived in NYC for more than 30 years (since the late 80s) and have been in and around high fashion and luxury retail for decades. Through the years I found that sourcing items for specific events, photo shoots, and interior design projects was a valuable skill in a city that produces images, events, and interiors that influence how style is seen throughout the world. I started my career in New York City in the late 1980s dressing display windows at Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in the glory days of true innovative story-telling windows in the days before the internet and Instagram. It was there that I learned the fine art of styling designer clothing & creating an aspirational & romantic mood with merchandise and propping that helps build a relationship with the clothes we wear, and the emotion that people have with properly presented merchandise.
I had access to the finest luxury designer clothing like Claude Montana, Pauline Trigere, Coco, Mr Beene and others, and learned about expert seam construction, the feel and distinction of well crafted fabrics, the details that matter, and the high tech fabrics that were constantly being introduced that were/are constantly innovating the marketplace. It was also a time (the 80s) when the shift in the social food chain (read: society) began to change, a time when the Ladies Who Lunch began to be replaced by a new moneyed group of vulgarians who changed the way retail was conducted. Shopping was a sport not an event; it was about consumption but not mapping out the way clothes could be worn and the appropriacy of different looks, for day, for evening, for events.I witnessed the last gasp of the days when shoppingeven at the mid-levelwas an event, a treat, and madame was served champagne in dressing rooms and the clothes were explained and the ways to wear them were explored. My mother also wore lots of Bonnie Cashin in the 1960s and 1970s so I was aware of the modern minimalists, and sought them out for her when I found them. Since Im shopping constantly, and love fancy estate sales and sample sales, I scour them regularly and with great skill; the result is an online shop that I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, home accessories, & mid century odds and ends from high end homes in the New York City area. I love helping source stuff, and just KNOW that I have tons more stuff than is listed here, so if you are in film or television production just ask for specifics and I will probably have something for you, or be able to understand what you are looking for without wasting your time. I have been in the biz and know how it works. Follow me on InstaG: Chipper1963 Chip Cordelli, Brooklyn, NY Check out my other listings. My shop is constantly evolving, and new items are added weekly. The item "Antique 1920s Asian Black Silk Quilted Brocade Robe Gatsby Red Carpet Glam Med" is in sale since Thursday, March 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Sleepwear & Robes". The seller is "chipper63" and is located in Brooklyn, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Canada, Australia.