Demi-Couture 1950s Unlabeled Hand Applied Cord Applique Strapless Dress
This is a wonderful dress from the fifties that is beautifully feminine. It is also striking and dramatic and has been made by hand. The fabric that it is made from is a heavy silk faille that gives the dress its structure and body. It is reminiscent of the heavy silks that were used around the turn of the century. The quality of it is very high end. The skirt is cut to be very 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 even go fuller if you wished. If you chose to wear it with no crinoline you would still get a lot of volume and movement. Hand applied onto the skirt are large curving 'leaf' designs. Each of these have been shaped and made by hand out of an ivory silk cord that was than hand stitched into place. Running down each of these leaves are three cords of gold for a touch of glimmer. The applique work circle the skirt and add a dramatic contrast. The waist is nipped in for shape. Above that sits a strapless bodice with shaped cups. That same hand place cording applique work swirls over the bust area to add shape with a bit of a saucy feel. This is a really outstanding example of the work being done during this time period. Overall excellent condition with some minor notes to review below.
Unlined and closes with a back metal zipper. The interior bodice is boned and it has padded cups tacked into the bust. Removing them would give you more room in the cups if needed. It has its original matching fabric slide buckle belt, Note that the belt buckle show some wear. There is a very slight grubbiness to 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. The hand work in the dress is easily seen from the back as shown. The crinoline used in the styling is not included
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.