a linen dress printed with New York buildings, 1934? 1939? (via NYT)


A 1934 linen dress printed with New York buildings at Allan Katz Americana. Credit Philip Greenberg for The New York Times (click image twice to see the details)

Perhaps the most captivating fashion statement this season in New York was not on the runway or the street, but at the Winter Antiques Show: a modest black and white vintage dress, in mint condition and priced at $135,000, displayed by Allan Katz Americana, that was vigorously photographed, shared on Instagram and Facebook, and pinned on Pinterest.


The design was simple, with cap sleeves, a V-neck and a long full skirt. There was a cloth belt and two small cherry-red Bakelite buttons. But it was the fabric that truly astounded. It was a dynamic photographic tour of 1930s New York City: Grant’s Tomb, the Automat, the Empire State Building, illuminated marquees for a James Cagney movie, and signs for Planters Peanuts and Maybelline. In his catalog, Mr. Katz wrote, “The amazing manipulation and blending of these images create a surrealistic collage.”


Story on the show HERE

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