September 1, 2014

1920s Beads and Fringe

A good friend of mine is sharing these lovely family heirloom pieces with us.  They belonged to her mother, as flapper style as you can get!  Shapeless, drapey, and embellished like crazy.

Dress No. 1
chiffon with underdress
beaded with seed beads and pearls
pearl dangles at the shoulders
ruched flowers at the waist

Dress No. 2
fringed and tasseled
I can only imagine how stupendous this dress must've been for dancing the Charleston!


Beaded bag No. 1
beaded loops
closed by a drawstring chain through metal loops

Beaded bag #2
solidly beaded, including the handle
beaded fringe - note how the fringe loops intertwine

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