Rare 1930s NRA Label Royal Blue Silk Velvet Bias Cut Gown and Matching Skull Cap

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In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced Americans to the National Recovery Agency as part of his First New Deal. The NRA was designed to bring industry, labor and government together to establish codes for fair practices and set prices. It also established a set minimum wage and maximum weekly hours laborers could work.

The NRA was very popular with workers. Business who supported the NRA would post its iconic blue eagle symbol in their shop windows and on their packages. Blue Eagle NRA labels also were sewn into clothing produced at the time.

In 1935, the U. Supreme Court declared the NRA unconstitutional, ruling that it infringed upon the separation of powers under the U. Constitution and all NRA operations ceased.

Today, items with the NRA label (only used between 1933 and 1935) have become highly sought after.

This OUTSTANDING dress looks very similar to some of the gowns worn on screen in the 1930s by Hollywood greats such as Ginger Rogers, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford.

Fashioned in the softest slinkiest royal blue silk velvet, this dress is cut at a bias and is sure to hug your curves in all the right places. This dress features a boat neckline with gorgeous bishop sleeves that button down the side of the arm/wrist. The back has a large covered buttons that buttons at the neck and leaves a keyhole slit. There is a snap opening at the left side. There is a slight train at the hem of the dress that really elongates the legs. This dress comes with the original belt.

Perhaps what is most special about this dress is its matching silk velvet skull cap. The cap is gathered around the edges and is completely lined. There is also an NRA label attached to the interior of the hat.

Garment Measurements

Bust: 34"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 40"
Shoulders: 15"
Sleeve Length: 23"
Total Length: 50"

Size:  Best fits size XS/Small (please note this is a bias cut dress and fits more tightly than its measurements)

** All measurements are taken on a flat garment and doubled **

Label: NRA Blue Eagle

Condition: Very Good to Excellent
Dress has slight velvet crushing under the arms and slight wear to the belt buckle. Otherwise in excellent condition. 

Model Info: Height: 5’10” | Bust: 30A | Waist: 24" | Hips: 33"