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This dress reminds me of some of my favorite 'Virgins and Vamps' of the Silent Film era, like the stylish Marion Davies, Lillian Gish, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, or Clara Bow. These were some of the definitive style icons of the 1920’s, known as much for their innovative fashion as their acting prowess. Much like these classic gamines, I’m also fond of ornate beading, statement jewelry, peacock feathers, and the occasional dose of haute couture. This sheer, sinuous gown evokes some of the epic period films that early 20th century moviegoers were so fond of. It was a fail-proof formula - windswept cliffs, exotic locales, Rudolph Valentino rushing to save a wide-eyed damsel in distress. Not all of early film’s heroines were demure and helpless, however. These were the Vamps - worldly, sultry, and seductive. This dress knows how to play both roles. A satiny pleated fabric belt decorates the empire waist, and ties around the back to give you a shapely figure. A delicate, Art Nouveau-inspired panel of beading in a peacock-feather palette adorns the shoulders and back. Wide fluttery sleeves give you freedom to move, and an opaque slip is stitched in to make sure everything stays appropriate for all audiences. Available in either a warm blush-tone or darkest noir, pair with simple flats and thin bangles to play the ingénue, or do it up with sexy pumps, patterned tights, and a handful of cocktail rings to transform into a siren of the silver screen! -Emily, Fashion Writer
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