Dress #071.6: 1920s dress in black and gold
Dress #071.6: 1920s dress in black and gold
Dress #071.6: 1920s dress in black and gold
Dress #071.6: 1920s dress in black and gold
Dress #071.6: 1920s dress in black and gold
Judith Pudden

Dress #071.6: 1920s dress in black and gold

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This hand-stitched black and gold dress is based on an American or European gown from ca. 1928, just when Phryne Fisher was making a splash in St. Kilda’s, Melbourne. The dress hangs in two tiers, with each edged in Japanese tissue to imitate the floating layers of the original. Nepalese paper, in an art deco-inspired gold pattern on black, stands in for black cotton adorned with a profusion of tiny glass beads. It is stitched onto cold-pressed 100% cotton paper.

The original dress is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (accession 1981.454.15). Just picture Miss Fisher as she tangoes the night away, or imagine Daisy Buchanan dancing the Charleston in this lovely gown.

 The dress is 6 inches tall, stitched by hand on 100% cotton watercolour paper.

Materials: Nepalese paper, Japanese tissue and cotton floss on cotton paper