I found an amazing work by Callot Soeurs a few days back and posted to the facebook version of Attire's mind. It got me thinking again about this extraordinarily talented design team of two sisters, so I went looking for more and came across this.
The essential silhouette retains the hip defining look of the teens, when a great deal of women's clothing was draped to accentuate the hipline through the hobble skirt, and the peplumed jackets that were quite popular. The other hold over is the train which would disappear from women's evening fashion outside of the most extremely formal of events.
What establishes this garment as a transitional piece are two things, mainly. The first is the drop of the neckline. It is a touch lower than would have been acceptable just a few years earlier, plus evening wear most often still had at least vestigial sleeves. The other, of course, is the ascending hemline. It hasn't yet reached the level it will achieve in 4 more years, but it's well on its way.
So, this dress steps across two different eras. It nods to the greater formality that was still in place in the 1910s, while reaching with grasping little fingers for the bright future that was the 1920s. For me, a lot of the most interesting items I find are the ones that bridge two stylistic, or social time periods. They express our constant yearning for change in a way that clothing from the midst of an era cannot.