Magical mystical art nouveau Alphonse Mucha Gypsy kimono. Stunning velvet burnout with the lighter yellow color being the sheer part and a divine contrasting mustard colored velvet with pops of red all finished off with decadent hand beading throughout. Gorgeous beaded fishnet dripping down neckline, under arm, around hem and on cuffs. Made out of one shawl so there are no side seams. This is truly wearable art.
So many ways to wear dressed up or down, a truly timeless and effortless piece.
Measurements taken while garment is laid flat and open
Bust up to 44"
Length not including fringe 44"
Silk/Rayon Burnout Velvet Devoré with Hand Beading
Silk beaded tassels
The velvet burnout process, or "Devoré" as it is also referred, is achieved by applying an acid to a natural, protein fiber (silk) and natural non-protein fiber (rayon). The acid "burns out" the non-protein fiber leaving only the sheer woven silk and hence, creating elaborate and intricate designs. This fabrics is of the highest quality, and is very expensive to manufacture.
The art deco designs on the shawls used to make these beauties are based on 1920s prints and give an amazing stained glass glow when backlit. The silk part of the fabric becomes very sheer, almost transparent. Often referred to as "wearable art", I promise that once you lay your hands on one of these, you will not ever want to take it off.