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Very rare evening Dress from the Paris couturier Babani, ca. 1925. Fashioned of a purple metallic gold lame brocade with an unusual zig zag pattern. The sides and bottom are in gold lame that is solid. Fabrics meet with a purple silk stitching. The gold lame has tarnished. Each side of the waist has small spots of wear. There is a fray hole on one side. The stitching from the label has come free along one side. The piece is from a museum in the USA.
Part of lot is also the flapper rhinestone belt (Length: ~ 90 cm/36 inches) and the flapper ostrich feather evening bag. The feathers are attached to pieces of pyramid shaped metallic fabric framed in pink cord. Pink silk bag inside with pink cord handle. Included is the original gift box covered in art deco paper, the repeat print similar to the fan. Bag and box are in excellent condition (Measurements: 22,5 cm/9 inches high; 27,5 cm/11 inches across; the silk bag is 10 cm/4 inches x 10 cm/4 inches).
Babani, founded in Paris in 1894 by Vitaldi Babani, was a fashion house based on the Boulevard Haussmann specialising in imported exotic goods, including artworks and handicrafts, and from the 1910s onwards, original garments inspired by their imported merchandise. The business closed in 1940. Vitaldi Babani was born in the Middle East, the source of some of his [wares.In the beginning Babani's merchandise consisted of objets d'art in bronze and ivory, furniture, rugs, embroideries and silks imported from China, Japan, India, and Turkey, which were sold from the establishment at 98 Boulevard Haussmann and from an additional shop at no. 65, Rue d'Anjou, Paris. In the first decade of the 20th century, it became very fashionable for Western women to wear Japanese nagajubans (the robes worn underneath a traditional kimono) for a peignoir, and Babani, through a series of advertisements in Le Figaro-Madame, successfully established himself as the foremost retailer of such so-called robes japonaises. From about 1919, when Vitaldi's fashion-designer son Maurice joined the business, the label began to focus more on clothing and produced garments which were heavily influenced by their imported merchandise (Wikipepdia).
Bust: ~ 95 cm / 38 inches
Waist: ~ 105 cm / 42 inches
Length: ~ 107 cm / 43 inches