1950s Adele Simpson Pleated Plunge Black Crepe Dress
Adele Simpson is a wonderful American designer and when her pieces hit the mark they are hard to beat. She began her own label in 1949 and quickly gained a reputation for wearable, practical pieces that had lovely lines and were well made. She always chose great fabrics and that shows in this lovely little dress. It is constructed from a light black crepe and the entire dress has been pleated in flat knife pleats. This really allowed her to play with the contours and line of the dress, using the lines created by those pleats to emphasize the design. The skirt is cut to swing and is surprisingly fully - the pleats used there are set to open so that when you move you it shows the fullness. That wide waist pleated waist band really takes out any bulk and the horizontal pleats breaks the top from the skirt perfectly. The top is lovely with a wide, loose cut that plunges in the front and has open feeling sides and wide cut slits for the arms. The back is actually left open from neck to waist but cut so that this is set as a long slit that only shows glimpses of skin when you move. This makes it feel very fresh and modern. here the pleats are stacked on top of each other but do not open up as they do in the skirt so it never feels too excessive of full. Really a wonderful piece. Excellent condition
The top is unlined and the skirt is lined in a fine black tissue silk. It closes at the low back with a hidden painted zipper with fabric covered buttons over that at the back waist and a button at the back neck.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12.5" from neck to top of waist
Skirt: 32" from top of 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.