Flapper Dress

Straight from the J. Peterman Company:

It was the 20’s in America.

The Great War had just ended.

The image of women, with hair piled on heads, standing immobile on the tennis court, waving a racket, just didn’t cut it any more.

Exit the Gibson Girl.

Enter the new woman: rebellious, out there, living life on her own terms.

And if you had Zelda Sayre’s money (flush with the success of Scott’s This Side of Paradise, and impending marriage to him) you might have found this beauty.

If you knew where to look.

Flapper Dress (No. 2610). Feels like a whisper in silky crinkly georgette. Which could be the only thing about it that whispers. A remarkable confection of sheer silk, clear and black beads and rhinestones that catch the light and never lets it go.

Hem dips in the back. Picot edging gives it an airy feel with no visible stitched edges. Everything is made for easy movement. A rare combination of let it all hang out fun with sophistication that you’ll wear through the holiday season.

Or anytime anyone thinks they have you pegged.

Women’s sizes: 2 through 16. Imported. On Sale. Was $698, NOW: $268.

Color: Black.

Costume Exhibit in NY at the Met

If you’re in New York before the middle of August, you absolutely MUST go see the “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” at the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. Here is a preview of the exhibit that focuses on archetypes of American fashion, including “Gibson Girls” and “Screen Sirens”.

Jesse Franklin Turner gold lamé dress, 1933
Etta Hentz Grecian style evening gown, 1944
Charles James silk and metallic gown, 1936
Nellie Harrington sweater and pleated skirt, 1928
Silk and rhinestone evening gown, c. 1909-11

“American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2010 – August 15, 2010.

All images courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Collection.