Every once in awhile you get lucky...really lucky! I found this black velvet, 1940s frock at a thrift store in the Halloween dept! The beading on the cuffs and collar are nearly perfect. The velvet covered buttons are all intact, and it is perfectly my size. I paid something like $12! The tag reads, "New York Creation, N.Y. Dress Institute," which is a design guild that started in the 20s. My hat has a huge iridescent coq feather and was thrifted. My gold beaded pumps echo the beaded design on my collar. How serendipitous.
An ad from 1941 for the New York Dress Institute