Amy Drown | Charles Williams Catalogue, Spring/Summer 1920
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Charles Williams Catalogue, Spring/Summer 1920

When we think of the 1920s, we almost immediately think of jazz and flappers and speakeasies. But “The Roaring Twenties” didn’t happen the moment the calendar flipped to January 1, 1920. As the following fashion plates show, dresses in the early 1920s still reflected the long, flowing lines and simplified underpinnings of the wartime years. Don’t you just love these flounces, belts, and colors? Keep reading for descriptions, prices and more.

Colored Voile with silk braid trimming inserted on the fashionable sleeves and tucked vestee. Large shawl collar of same material imparts a soft, pretty finish. Latest style skirt displays wide tucks and is gathered to waist under a self-material girdle. White lawn waist lining. Fastens invisibly down front. Available in Rose, Copenhagen Blue, and Gray. $9.75

Stylish hip line model of durable Ramie Linen that requires no effort to launder. Colored floss embroidery is prominently shown around the neck, bordering the vestee, on the fashionably set in kimono sleeves and pockets. Vestee made of contrasting color linene [sic] with covered buttons ornamenting. New narrow sash. Available in Blue, Green and Rose. $7.98.

Embroidered Voile dress. Hemstitched ruffles on the elbow length sleeves have Venise pattern lace which also gives a dainty finish to the white organdie [sic] collar and the tucked net vestee and is used to outline the stylish tunic. Gathered white voile skirt with panel front is joined to waist under plain voile girdle. Dress closes down side-front. Available in White. $10.48

Dainty Dress of Colored Voile with smart-looking shawl collar and comfortable elbow length sleeves trimmed with Val lace edging. Novelty two-tone silk ribbon enhances the graceful blouse. Very attractive skirt with new side drapings, giving fullness at the hips and narrowed appearance at lower edge. White lawn waist lining. Available in Rose, Gray, and Copenhagen Blue. $10.98

Sheer Colored Voile Dress. Voile in a different color forms the stylish long collar and buttons ornament the daintly [sic] shirred vestee. Trimmed in plaited self-material ruffling which edges the collar, bell-cuffs and graceful tunic. Soft crushed girdle of the voile. Dress fastens invisibly down the side-front and has basted hem allowing for length regulation. Available in Gray, Copenhagen Blue, and Rose. $9.98

Two-piece coat dress of Black and White Cotton Shepherd Check material. The over collar, vestee and turned back cuffs are of white pique, and the collar and cuffs are neatly hemstitched. Novelty buttons trim the patch pockets, border vestee and ornament the belt. Two-gored gathered separate skirt with cuff style bottom. Closes invisibly at side. Basted hem. $8.49

Stay stylishly dressed and comfortably cool in this voile dress suitable for mourning. Collar, sleeves, peplum and girdle embellished with narrow plaited ruffle. Tucked vestee also shows a ruffled neck. Enhanced with black moire ribbon across front of belt. Wide tuck on skirt. Dress fastens at side-front. Available in Black, Navy Blue, and Gray. $11.98

Silk Georgette Crepe Dress shows expert design and workmanship. Elaborately hand embroidered with beads and blouse on skirt, both front and back. Wrist band on the new-styled sleeves also beaded. Narrow two-tone silk ribbon adds to the soft Georgette belt. The entire dress is made over self color China silk. Available in Gray, Navy Blue, and Copenhagen Blue. $37.98

All-Silk Taffeta. Matching color silk Georgette crepe furnishes the sleeves which show silk taffeta cuffs ornamented with acorn-shaped buttons also of taffeta. Soft white satin shawl collar. Tucked vestee of the material. Straight line, even-hanging skirt gathered at the top and finished with two loose hanging pockets, tucked and ornamented with acorn buttons. White lawn waist lining. Invisible front closing. Basted hem. $25.98

Modish material, pretty Figured Mercerized Voile, with plaited solid material voile ruffles in a tone to harmonize serve as a trimming to the neck, shawl collar, elbow length sleeves and graceful tunic. Silk covered buttons adorn the vestee. Skirt is entirely of self material. White net waist lining. Available in assorted patterns of Navy Blue, Copenhagen Blue, and Gray. $11.95

Embroidered Trouville Linene with wide embroidered border in a very pretty design on skirt. Hip line pockets for a serviceable and general wear dress. Pearl buttons give a natty finish to front panel and also outline the pockets. Narrow sash of the material. White lawn waist lining. Closes at side-front. Basted hem. Available in Copenhagen Blue, Rose and Green. $8.98

Fine quality Voile in large flower design. Matching color silk taffeta ribbon ruffled around the short kimono sleeves and entire edge of the tunics, giving a demure finish. Silk taffeta ribbon for belt and sash ends. Waist is cleverly designed with loose panel front and back and ornamented at neck with self material buttons. Gathered skirt with deep hem. Invisible front closing. Available in Navy Blue, Taupe Gray, $14.75

Silk and Cotton Poplin of extra fine quality. Attractively embroidered across front of belt and on skirt tabs which are a continuation of the Tuxedo collar with contrasting silk floss and gilt thread. Ruffled vestee of fine Valenciennes lace. Self material buttons trim the cuffs and skirt tabs. Gracefully gathered skirt with basted hem. White lawn waist lining. Available in Navy Blue, Copenhagen Blue, and Green. $16.48

Dress of tubable Ramie Linen with black patent leather belt. The stylish hip-line side tunics and the rounded neck are embroidered with worsted in a pleasing, harmonious tone. Midget pearl buttons added to the vestee; larger buttons fasten dress down center-back. Short sleeves with turned back cuffs. Available in Rose, Leather Color (Tan), and Copenhagen Blue. $9.98

Fine quality Voile Dress, closely resembling Printed Georgette Crepe, with dainty shadow lace vestee banded in self-material and trimmed with small, satin-covered buttons. Satin messaline ribbon in color and quality to match buttons forms the soft crushed girdle. Skirt made with three full ruffles ending at front panel. Net waist lining. Invisible under-arm closing. Available in Navy Blue, Copenhagen Blue, and Rose. $12.48

Beautiful afternoon frock of good quality silk taffeta. Stylish basque-type waist and fascinating overskirt, richly embroidered with gilt thread and wool in matching and contrasting color. Modish elbow length sleeves and jaunty little collar embellished with novelty button. Jap Silk foundation. Dress closes invisibly under arm. Available in Brown, Copenhagen Blue, and Taupe Gray.

An underbodice of a contrasting color silk and cotton mull. Front and back of blouse, the modish kimono sleeves and front portion of tunic are of Georgette crepe richly embroidered with silk floss in matching color; balance of dress of silk taffeta. Draped material girdle. Made with a white Japonica Silk waist lining. Side-front closing. Available in Brown, Navy Blue, and Copenhagen Blue. $41.00

Flowered Voile Dress trimmed with crisp white organdie collar, new vestee that extends below waistline, and cuffs, all tucked, hemstitched, and enriched with fine Valenciennes lace edging. The overskirt, which ends at sides, has a wide tuck finish. Gathered skirt entirely of self material. Invisible side-front closing. Available in Figured shades of Navy, Lavender, or Copenhagen Blue. $8.49

Satin dress with Georgette sleeves. Vestee embroidered in silk floss in contrasting tones and finished at top with novelty buttons and inset of contrasting silk Georgette crepe. The shawl collar that forms into revers is of self material. Graceful tunic is trimmed with self material folds and buttons as pictured. Skirt has basted hem. White lawn waist lining. Invisible side-front closing. Available in Navy, Black and Gray. $26.98

Dainty party frock, confirmation or bridal dress of imported shadow lace. Draped collar is caught at the sides to the side satin messaline girdle by fancy flowers, from which contrasting color grosgrain ribbon ends are extended. Elbow length sleeves have turned back cuffs edged with narrow Venice pattern lace. Double tier skirt. Entire dress made over a white net foundation. Closes in back. Available in White and Ecru. $16.98

Good-wearing silk and Cotton Changeable Taffeta with a lustrous appearance like an all-silk material. Trimmed with beautiful Venise lace pointed collar. Loose tucked blouse and sash are in one. Buttons of the material embellish folds on skirt-tunic and also finish the net little self material cuffs. Dress closes invisibly in front and has a white lawn waist lining. Basted hem. Available in Changeable Navy or Plum. $17.98

Beautiful frock of extra fine quality Satin with sleeves and vestee of same color Silk Georgette Crepe. Colorful silk floss and gilt thread embroidery with a soft tuxedo collar and wide crushed girdle. Skirt has an unusually attractive new draped tunic. White mull waist lining, front closing, basted hem. Available in Navy Blue, Taupe Gray, and Black. $34.98

Figured Voile with jaunty hemstitched and picoted collar and tailored cuffs of solid color harmonizing voile. Full vestee of cream color net and trimmed at the top with narrow black velvet ribbon. Gathered skirt with full side tunics. Side front closings. Available in Copenhagen Blue, Navy Blue, and Gray. $10.95

1 Comment

  • Jessica Bertrand

    Those are amazing prices.

    April 29, 2017 at 20:56