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1980s Top and Skirt Ensemble by April Cornell Brown Rayon with Black Beads


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Age: 1980s

Label: April Cornell for Cornell Trading 

Color: Brown with black beading.  The brown color may be slightly redder than showing in the photos

Material: 100% Rayon

Sizing: Size S/M is indicated on the label, but please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (please take the style of the ensemble into consideration):

  • Top
    • Shoulders:  16” across the shoulder pads
    • Bust: 46” around, taken across the lining at the underarm - the top is meant to be worn loose
    • Waist: 42” around, again, meant to be worn loosely
    • Hips:  50” around
    • Overall length: 31" measured flat
  • Skirt
    • Waist:  28” around, unstretched, to 36” around, fully stretched
    • Hips:  46” around, meant to fall loosely
    • Overall length:  37”, measured flat


Attractive 1920s-style beaded top & skirt made by April Cornell.  Ensemble probably made during the early 1980s. Two piece outfit is hand beaded and features a lovely flower and leaf design in black beading and tan chain stitching. Top has shoulders pads, a V shaped neckline, short sleeves and a loose fitting shape, very 1920s in conception. Skirt has an elasticized waistline and is cut straight to an ankle length. Both pieces are lined in rayon fabric.

About the Designer: April Cornell is a world traveler and bases her designs on vintage pieces or items that she encounters during her travels. She started selling her designs from a boutique shop on Greene Avenue in Montreal; the empire grew to sell her designs in over a hundred retail shops across the United States and Canada. She is now based out of Burlington, Vermont. 

Condition: Very good

no wear, tear, staining or other defect