Rare 1950s Gustave Tassel Golden Silk Dress & Jacket
This is a very rare, museum quality example of Gustave Tassell, who was one of the great American Couturiers. Example of his work are extremely hard to come by and most are only found in museum collections. For those not familiar with his work, Tassell won a Coty Award in 1962, was worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and designed for the house of Norell when Normal Norell died. This piece predates his work for Norell and is from one of his earlier collections.
The dress and jacket are extraordinary in their cut and execution. The dress has that wonderful "New Look" feel to it with its full skirts and the absolutely beautiful fabric choice. A fine golden silk was used for both pieces and it has an almost metallic sheen to some parts. It reacts wonderfully in the light and the fabric has a sense of texture and depth. Once on the body the volume of the skirts is showcased and the lines become magical. I have styled it over a light crinoline so you can see just how full the skirt is. The skirt is a masterpiece of construction with a heavy silk interlining that gives it volume and shape. It is set into the waist with a series of soft pleats that really allow for fullness - you will get almost the same fullness that you see here even without a crinoline because of the way the fabric is set. The sleeveless bodice and is cut to skim over the body with a scooped front and back. Over this pops a darling little jacket with a full cut through the body and boxed cut. A belt with a flat bow is the perfect finish. It is a rare dress that is very beautiful and even beyond that, is a stunning example of a great American Couturier. Excellent condition
Both pieces are fully lined in a fine, high grade, hand set silk with the silk lining of the skirt being a heavier grade. It closes with a side painted metal zipper. Hand finished. The belt snaps into place and the jacket has no closures.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14.5" from shoulder strap to waist
Skirt: 26.5" from waist to hem
Sleeves: 13" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 24" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 21" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.