Thursday, August 04, 2011


Madame Babani opened her Paris shop in 1919. She imported textiles from the Orient and her pieces demonstrate a mix of invention with historical references. She used strong bold colors as her palette, like red and gold, seen in this amazing kimono style dress. The elaborate embroidery and the exotic hues used by Madame Babani in early 20's make her dresses very important pieces for collectors or museums. At the same time the dress is very wearable and has resisted time in almost perfect condition.
It reminded us here at Decades of one of our favorite Hollywood actresses from that era; Anna May Wong. She embodied that exotic Eastern flavor found early in Art Deco, in her look, clothes and definitely in per performances.
An exotic dress that brings to mind an era of exuberance in style and social upheaval.

Babani kimono style dress in raspberry red embroidered with gold motif with belt, c. 1920's.
Modern Size 4.

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