1950s Full Skirt Hand Applied Cord Applique Strapless Dress
Fantastic fifties dance dress that is beautifully feminine and yet still striking and dramatic with its stark black and cream contrast. The dress itself is made from a heavy silk faille that gives the dress ts structure and body. The fabric makes me think of the type of heavy silk that they used around the turn of the century and I would not be surprised to find out that it was made from a bolt of that early silk. The skirt is wonderfully, fantastically full and I have photoed it with a crinoline underneath so you can get a true sense of the volume that is there. You could go far far fuller if you wished and even if you wore it with no crinoline you would still get a lot of volume and movement. Onto that skirt are huge and dramatic curving "leaf" designs each hand made from silk cord curved around itself and sewn into place. Running down each are three cords of gold for a touch of glimmer. These circle the skirt and add dramatic contrast. The bodice is Spectacular and tops the nipped in waist above the skirt. It is strapless with shaped cups that have that same hand place cording swirling over them and defining each bust with an almost showgirl feel. This is a really outstanding fifties full skirted dress and a real wonderful example of the time period that still feels wearable and fresh now. Presents as excellent condition with some general notes below.
Unlined and the crinoline used in the styling is not included. It closes with a back metal zipper. The interior bodice is boned and it has padded cups tacked into the bust - added at some point but well done and fresh in appearance. They could easily be removed if you needed more room in the cups. It has its original matching fabric slide buckle belt but the belt buckle does show some wear. Perhaps a slight presence of the seams being pressed over the years but nothing to detract. A slight grubbiness on the cording on the bust but this is more time and natural patina. I am being extremely picky. What looks to be a tiny repair to the base of one seam at the back. All hand work easily seen form the back as shown.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10.5" from top of dress to waist
Skirt: 29.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.