Beaded chiffon evening dress

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Beaded chiffon evening dress

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 7, 2020

This dress of pale blue chiffon beaded with rows of alternating transparent ball and cylinder beads ends in spiral designs at an uneven hem. The chemise dress hangs straight from the shoulders and is sleeveless with a scoop neckline. 
It was worn in Minneapolis in the 1920s, and sure looks like it.