Large dress clips/brooch in the shape of a bow, set with brilliant cut diamonds. 18k white gold.
width 8.0 cm
weight: 49,3 grams Circa 1930-40
Dress clips first gained prominence in the 1920s and were worn in pairs, on the neckline or straps of a dress. They often have a back that secures the two halves together so it becomes one piece, like a classic-style brooch. After WWI, fashion in both clothing and jewelry changed as the world workedto recover from the 'Great War' and time marched on into the 1920s, a famous decade for style. The tight , corseted dresses of the Edwardian period came into a much more free-form flowing, adventurous romantic style, including the famous flapper dresses. This new style of dress called for ornamentation, and dress clps evolved as a reaction to that and were worn not only on dresses but also on furs and accessories, like handbags.
Dress clips became integral to a dress and look. Designers started making dresses with these clips in mind. Some of the big thrust was the movies, in which beautiful actresses wore dress clips and the audience wanted them too. And so companies started making them in great number, and not just the great houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Raymond Yard, but famous costume jewelers of the era, too. This, in turn, feeds back to the fine houses and the dress clip quickly establishes itself as a must-have item in fashion. The style fell out of favor in the 1950s when classic brooches regained popularity.