Twentieth Century ~ Stages Of Embellishments

The twentieth century left a trail of embellishments that will never be re-created except in couture fashion houses for the elite. As we look back at some of the beadwork, laid work, embroidery, hand-painted wonders, sequins and stitch work – we see a reflection of the times. There was no Internet or cell phones for a good part of the twentieth century. More time was devoted to the application of ideas, colour, buttons, beads, sequins, embroidery – all to enhance the aesthetic appeal. Everything from the most elegant of dresses to radical looking blue jeans, to aprons, table cloths, and bedding – were needled into some shape or form; decorated as such for the sole purpose of beautification. Some fine examples of time consuming embellishments are shown in the pictures below.

Close Up Of A 1920’s Small Beaded Flapper Bag
Full Circle Maxi Skirt 1940’s Or 1950’s India
Embroidered On Silk
Beaded & Sequinned Sleeve
Hand Painted 1920’s
1980’s Dress With Embroidered Bow
1940’s Cropped Velvet Jacket
1950’s Black On Black Sequinned Cardigan
1960’s Embellished Blouse
Scene On A 1930’s Japanese Kimono
1970’s Batik Maxi Skirt
1930’s Or 1940’s Peasant Style With Decorative Stitching
1990’s Light Jacket
1970’s With Embroidery & Sequins
1960’s Embellished Trim On Silk Dress
1990’s Casadei Cocktail Dress

Valerie Hayes

Quiet West Vintage represents a private vintage and designer collection that has been gathered and stored over a thirty-five year period. I now look forward to sharing this collection and promoting the "Other Look" - a totally individualistic approach to style.