Seen as early as the 17th century, the exotic and decorative style 'Chinoiserie' is repeated in architecture, furnishings and fashion alike. Popular with, and worn by, those who value the unique garment with flair! The Art Deco eras were awash with chinoiserie garments similar to this Shanghai Lady elegance!
This is a beautiful example of craftmanship, delicate quality fabric and enduring fashion.
Make a statement by wearing with western accents in accessories or, wear in a traditional and understated look by keeping 'extras' at a minimum. At least 30 years young and in excellent condition, this stunning dress will keep you elegant for your cooler weather outings. We curate the classic and the stylish 'head turner'.
Bring an 'edgy' look to weddings, show your individuality at a dinner date or wear for a 'night out on the town' - simplicity and beauty to enhance your every curve!
Wear it your way - be your own bird.
Circa: 1940 -2000 Origin or Source: United Kingdom - Chinoiseries Label/Brand: na
Fabric: Velvet slight stretch, lined Condition: Excellent commensurate with age and love.
Modern Size Indicator*: 14 - 16 (fitted) Fixtures*: Original fastenings (frogs) Fit: Fitted traditional cut
Note: The word chinoiserie /ʃɪnˈwɑːzəri/ comes from the French term Chinois which translates as Chinese or, after the Chinese taste (as in style). Chinoiserie means a Western or, European interpretation of an Asian style and may not an necessarily be of an actual Asian design. Painted Bird has an array of garments we consider 'chinoiserie' from a number of Asian countries but for purposes of website search - we offer as one collection. We believe they are all beautiful, unique and wearable art for the now. Fashion designers have repeated these designs over a variety of eras. Enjoy!
Our vintage items are rated as follows:
Excellent: Near-or new quality, with no noted flaws often in original packaging or, with original tags (deadstock)
Very Good:May have some minor issue, as noted
Good: Some minor flaws which may be repairable, or do not detract from the garment when worn
Rescue: Flaws as described which may or may not detract when worn in most cases possibility of repair
We estimate sizes as current or, 'modern' sizing rather than vintage sizing as eras do vary.
Still not sure? Just email us the details of this piece and your measurements, and we can check if it will fit before you purchase.
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