This is a superb piece of collectible lingerie by Odette Barsa from the 1930s. This piece looks as if it was made for royalty or would have been worn by a movie star as she descended a grand staircase.
Odette Barsa was a renowned lingerie designer from the 1930s to the 1960s. Her pieces were available through luxury retailers such as I Magnin and Bonwit Teller. Her creations utilized intricate imported embroideries from Madeira, Portugal and luxurious fabrics. Odette Barsa was the lingerie maker to the stars, with such Hollywood screen sirens as Rita Hayworth and Elsa Martinelli collecting her pieces.
This long quilted robe can function also as an evening coat. It is constructed in a way that is very elegant with couture details that remind us of pieces Alexander McQueen made.
The color palette is very unusual. The fabric is a gleaming pearly white that has been embroidered with black thread to create a wave pattern. The graphic design is fabulous. The inside of the fold-over collar and cuffs has been lined in the most vivid cherry red satin. The button hem is edged with matching cherry red braided silk cord that repeats along the edge of the cuffs.
The construction of this robe is impeccable. The cut is incredibly slender and fitted with intricate tailoring details. The piece buttons up the front with six faceted jet black plastic buttons that add another wonderful design detail to this already show stopping piece. The robe also features seamless side pockets.
Circa: Late 1930s to early 1940s
Brand Name: Odette Barsa, Bonwit Teller
Color: White, Black, Red
Fabric Content: Feels like Embroidered Satiny Quilted Nylon
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition
Fits Like a Small/Extra Small
Sleeve Length: 21"
Across Shoulders: 14"
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