Valentine's Collection part 1 dropping on Sunday, Jan 29th 1:00 pm EST

1920s Bejeweled Butterfly Lamé and Velvet Opera Coat [xs/sm/med]


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Utterly incredible 1920s silk velvet embellished opera coat with remarkable details throughout. The body of the jacket is made with contrasting inky black and cream silk velvet, and lined in a silver lamé with roses woven into the pattern. The lining continued through the sleeves, and is visible in the large dangling cuffs when worn. The best of this jacket is however at the back: completely covered with highly articulated hand  embellishments, including glass beads, prong set gems, and hammered metal sequins, arranged into an image of a butterfly with streams of light cascading towards the hem. The embellishments continue on around the cuffs for a perfectly balance. This piece is carefully tailored, and certainly made by hand, very likely one of a kind with no labels or makers tags present. A remarkable, wearable piece of history. 

Excellent restored condition with minor flaws to note. When found, the shoulders of the lamé lining were quite damaged. A silk charmeuse yoke was added to replace the damaged area, all of the tailoring done in house. Please see the restoration video at the end of the photo reel to see the work done. Otherwise, the coat is in overall excellent shape. There is age patina to the once ivory, now cream velvet, and some scattered holes and marks in and around the collar, almost entirely strategically placed by the vintage gods in areas that do not show when worn (ex, nape of the neck, underside of the collar, etc). Remarkably, nearly all of the beadwork is in place, with only a handful of missing stones, beads and sequins. There is some darkened tarnish patina to the lining, a beautiful sign of its history. This piece should be worn with care due its nature, but is overall in remarkable condition and very wearable. She is ready for her next life!


Some flexibility in sizing depending on desired fit. Wears beautifully oversized, as shown on model.

Bust 39 in

Waist 40 in

Hips 44 in

Shoulder 14.5 in

Armscye 9 in

Length 42 in


For reference, Aya measures 31/25/35 and is 5'8". Shown unpinned. 


This piece will ship fully insured.