These pieces were found on opposite sides of the world, several years apart, but they work here. Mid-century sheer dresses require beautiful, but pretty plain, lingerie slips of the right length to carry them off properly.
From Canada, the lovely peach-colored silk slip can double as a dress. Bias cut and the slinky, sexy fit points to the 1930’s as it’s era. Pretty embroidery makes it really special and it has little hardware which make the shoulder straps adjustable..
The sheer party dress, which I found in Australia a few years ago, was probably custom-tailored. Dropped waist and tea length. See the photo showing metallic piping that is sewn around each sleeve and the front of the neckline, with a cowl in back. The fabric also has metallic flower and leaf decoration stamped on. So fabulous to find pieces like this in near-perfect condition!
Picky work to construct this dress, and I’m so astounded by the skill of seamstresses back in the day. Yes, it was a lot of work, but how fun it would be to have something exactly as you wanted with personalized fit!
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY