Nov 14, 2012

House of Rolande



House of Rolande
Mme. Rolande operated from at least 1920 - 1927. There was US press coverage as early as 1920, when John Wanamaker announced that Chanel and Rolande models could be seen at his Philadelphia store. That Rolande is mentioned in the same context as Chanel is telling. Mme. Rolande moved her house several times - first at 16 Rue Vignon in 1920, then 394 Rue Saint Honore by 1923, and 127 Ave. des Champs Elysses by 1925. She received good coverage in L’Officiel for all those years, with several of her models illustrated. Then, she drops off the radar and there are no references to the house in 1928 or 1929.
This uncommon example from the House of Rolande is dated Winter of 1920. It’s a loose fitting evening dress in black tissue faille with beaded rondelles trimmed in fur. The bateau neckline has tucks and inset beaded straps that extend into streamers. The beading is done is black glass bugles, rocailles, square nail heads and sequins. The shirred hip drape is complex, with loops and tails. The back has two beaded streamers. The sides are quite open, so the slip of choice will be featured.

 Label: Rolande 16 Rue Vignon Paris stamped Hiver 1920 and written number 1694

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