1930s FOGA rayon dress and CAPE large VOLUP | new fall
Exquisite Fashion Originators Guild of America* dress! Done in an ivory textured rayon (almost like a crepe) and accented with silk black floral trim. Dress has split sleeves, horizontal panels at the neckline and vertical seams on the shoulders. Vertical seaming also runs vertically on the skirt and releases into pleats. Back snaps and side metal zip. The glorious cape is the cherry on this sundae! It ties at the neckline and has the same vertical pleating that releases into pleats and creates a fanned out effect. Neither piece is lined. Hand washed and ready to wear! Belt is not included.
*From the VFG: Starting in In 1932, garment designers banded together to prevent design theft, commonly known as “knock offs”, by manufacturers. They formed the Fashion Originators Guild of America (F.O.G.A.) after help or protection was not forthcoming from Congress or the courts. A founding member and the first president of the Guild was Maurice Rentner. The Guild was an association of manufacturers and retailers who pledged to only deal in original creations. If a retailer failed to abide by the provisions of the Guild, they would be included on a “red-card” which listed all “non-co-operating retailers”. Other Guild members were then forbidden to deal with them.
Although this system was effective in stemming the theft of garment designs, the Guild ran into trouble with the Federal Trade Commission in 1936. In 1941 the Supreme Court held that the Guild’s practices violated the Sherman Antitrust Act, thus ending the use of self-help trade restrictions.
Brand: A Registered Original Design with Fashion Originators Guild
Size on tag: None
Fits like: large/volup
Condition: Excellent Vintage: the seam binding at the sleeves and collar have started to shred a little, this is on the inside of the garment. Teeny dot of wear at the waist by the zipper.
✂-----Measurements: rayon is slightly stretchy)
Bust (underarm seam) : 39"-41"
Total length: 43"
Cape Length: 20"