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Friday, 11 December 2015

Fabulous Flappers and Luscious Lamé

The opulence of silk lamé perfectly embodies the decadence of the 1920s. At 21st Century Vamp we have a unique and breathtaking selection of lamé pieces in gold, silver, florals and prints.

There is a timeless allure to these metallic flapper dresses. They sparkle and catch the light beautifully with their real metal threads. 

1920s Egyptian Revival Flapper Dress in Gold Lamé

The quality of the textiles and the attention to detail in their creation are unsurpassed and only equalled by high end couture houses today. Unique luxury.

1920s Flapper Dress in Butterfly Print Gold Lamé

One of the more unusual pieces is this rare 1930s, labelled Harvey Nichols gown. Made from an exceptional printed and woven chiffon lamé, with gold lamé lace cuffs, and wired stand-up collar. Other design details to note are the ruched and gathered hips and the numerous covered buttons. It would make a gorgeous vintage wedding dress.

To see these and more beautiful, original vintage dresses, 
coats and accessories visit our Etsy shop. 
We ship Worldwide and offer Layaway plans.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Rare Vintage. Marcelle Alix.

Once in a while you find what can only be described as a dream dress. Labelled Marcelle Alix gowns are a true rarity. Marcelle Alix Couture traces its roots back to Germaine Émilie Krebs, otherwise known as Madame Grès, renowned for her fabulous draped and pleated grecian gowns.
RARE Marcelle Alix Couture, labelled gown. Circa 1940s
This gown is a true reflection of the design style of Grès. Marcelle Alix produced collections that were influenced by that magical touch, with the use of yards of jersey fabric, intricately pleated and draped. This gown has numerous hooks and eyes, and press studs to secure and wrap the gown about the wearer. 
Marcelle Alix Gown : yards of draping.

Marcelle Alix ; more of that hallmark pleating
For more examples why not visit our Pinterest board about Marcelle Alix and related designs. There are more links to the few Marcelle Alix designs that have come up for auction, and also to the Marcelle Alix gown in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Marcelle Alix : Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Welcome to 21st Century Vamp!

New name. The same high quality. 21st Century Vamp more accurately describes our brand. Our love of early 20th century fashion is reflected in the Vintage clothing we carefully select and the Vintage inspired handmade pieces we design. We love Jazz Age fashion so expect to find beautiful 1920s dresses, Art Deco purses, Flapper headpieces and more. And of course not forgetting fabulous Assuit Tulle bi Telli. We aim to bring you the glamour and style of a past age in stunning garments and accessories that have a timeless beauty and luxury so you can indulge your inner Vamp!
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Monday, 11 May 2015

1920s Flapper Dress ~ the quintessential style

With 1920s fashion one immediately thinks of the Flapper, The Great Gatsby, Louise Brooks, Zelda Fitzgerald and the Bright Young Things. They defined an era. It was an era of youth and opulence. Wild parties, short skirts, bobbed hair, and dancing. Lots of dancing.

One of our luxurious flapper dresses particularly sums up the era. Sparkling sequins, the finest workmanship, and swirling movement in the patterns and design of the dress. Beautiful bias cut, arched panels provide full swish and flow in the skirt, for dancing away the night. 

Original 1920s Sequin Dress from Vaudeville Gypsy ~ Detail of the scalloped skirt

Detail of the swirling, scroll patterns

More detail of the swirling scroll patterns

Detail of the dipped and scalloped skirt hem

Detail of the geometric Art Deco sequin block patterns

Detail showing the interplay of the scrolling and geometric Art Deco patterns

Light bounces off the sequins with every move

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

1920s Beaded Evening Dress with Trompe L'oeil floral beadwork.

A collectors dream

The exquisite trompe l'oeil beadwork of flowers, leaves and vines, is truly breathtaking, with the flowers highlighted in beads and pearls. Quite an oriental look to the floral patterns. The body of the dress is decorated in alternating, tight rows of sequins and beads to add subtle sparkle with every movement. The plunging, illusion neckline bordered in multi coloured beaded bands, creates dramatic focus. This is wearable art at its finest.

1920s Beaded Evening Dress