I have been inspired for some time to create a gown from this Erté art (credit Sevenarts, Ltd.):
I am modifying it slightly with a silk ribbon halter strap.
It fits perfectly into my 'Luxe' theme for 2011, so it will be the new multi-size pattern ready for release in February.
The appeal is its overall simplicity, yet the texture of the bodice front which entails some engineering. As shown in a muslin iteration, the over-bodice front is shaped and stabilized with rayon covered millinery wire inserted and overcast into each dart:
I plan to make the final gown in coarse silk net I picked up last year. I have found a number of precidents for 1930's styles in coarse silk net:
A la Mainbocher's skirt, photo courtesy of Corbis.com:
and 1930 pattern art: