1950s Frank Starr Beaded Silk Full Skirt Dress
This lovely little dress is by Frank Starr who was the father of Malcolm and this label was actually the forerunner of the Malcolm Starr label. It is a very chic dress with a very definitive "New Look" to it. It is made of a cream silk satin. This choice of fabric is perfect to give it the lovely structure and lines you see. The fabric has just enough weight to allow it the structure and shape the dress needs. The skirt is quite full and is made more so by the inner layer of tulle that is attached. I have photoed it here with one additional light crinoline so you can get an idea of how full the skirt really is (the additional crinoline is not included). The skirt is set so that it curves out form a more fitted waist. Over this the strapless bodice sits and is fitted with a shaped bust and pretty gathered band right under it. The entire upper bodice is beautifully beaded by hand with tiny little seed beads. A draped panel of fabric sits at the back for the perfect finish. Presents as excellent condition but please read full description notes below.
Fully lined in a cream silk through the bodice and a heavier cotton through the skirt. There is an attached layer of tulle under the skirt and the sash at the back is made entirely of silk. Lightly boned through the bodice and closes with a side painted metal zipper with hook and eye over that. The dress has a small issue that you could try to remedy or ignore as it is wearable as is. There are some water marks on the sash. Please super-size the last photo to see both these items. Priced accordingly.
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 32" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.