22 November 2019

Organdy dress decorated with beetle wings (1930s)

From a 2011 auction of specialty fashion and textiles.
White organdy blouse & tiered skirt, embroidered w/ iridescent emerald green to cobalt blue beetle wings forming floral pattern w/ silver metallic vines, B 36", W 28", Skirt L 43", (CF buttons & sash missing); includes extra yardage w/ same technique,different beetle wing pattern; t/w 1 1930s blouse made from 1860s organdy fabric, attached rayon slip; very good. BROOKLYN MUSEUM 
Realized $2,040.  Additional close-up photos at the link.

1 comment:

  1. You can still buy the beetle wings (from Amazon, among other places), and there is a youtube video that gives an idea of what goes into the embroidery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA8yVDohZ-4

    -Jean K.


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