Rather, the silk gives the impression that it is. The entire dress seems to shimmer like satin. Handmade in China during the 1940s. Detailed quilt-like stitching on collar and sleeve hem.Twisted pleat detail on upper bodice and sleeves. Full-length - lower portion (without closures) can be hemmed shorter. Flowers and Birds make up the design.
Background & lining are a greenish gray. Foreground pattern is made with maroon, mauve-pink, yellow-gold, brown, green, lavender & silver-gray.
The top of each sleeve has a small pleat eliminating the need for shoulder pads yet allowing the sleeve to maintain a structured look. There is a label marked Excelsior but I have been unable to find any information about a shop in China at the time. Measurements: I have provided an illustration of the various dimensions of this garment in the next-to-last photo.
I combined pre-made illustrations that, together, provide all the critical areas of this garment. These measurements were taken with the garment laying flat.You may wish to compare them to another item that fits well to find out if this is the correct size. The mannequin I used is a smallish size. Defects noted (see last photo). A & C: These are dark spots - they look like rust. The spots are only on the lining and would not be seen during wear. B: Thread pull in the lining. D: There are two areas (measuring about 8"x9" - irregularly shaped) of slight discoloration in the lining as represented in the photo. No defects noticed on the outer brocade fabric. If you would like additional photos please let me know. Be sure to check out my store for an eclectic variety of Chosen Goodies - new items added almost every day. The item "Vtg Chinese Silk Brocade Opera Coat 1940s Cheongsam Frog Closures Quilted Detail" is in sale since Sunday, February 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Dresses". The seller is "tobsmilin2" and is located in Eagle River, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.