This gorgeous dress is by Alfred Bosand who was one of the great American designers but whose work is not as well known as some of the other more prominent American designers. His clothes where made to demi and couture levels with lots of hand finishes and detailing to them. Bosand started his career after World War II by attending the Fashion Academy in New York City. He then worked with several designers before launching his own label. By the time he retired in 1986 he was one of New York's last privately owned couture designers with his own label. His work is of very high quality. I just recently sold the twin of this dress in a cream and it is lovely to have another one land in the shop so soon.
Bosand dresses always have a sense of romance to them and this dress with its matching caplet is no exception. Both pieces are constructed from a lightweight silk net that has little dots woven through it. The top netted layer sits over an inner lining that is finished in a pale peach colour. This softens the brown a touch as the peach colour peaks through the netted layers and adds to the illusion that you are perhaps bare underneath. The entire top of the bodice is covered in iridescent sequins that have all been hand applied. They are set be spaced more densely together towards the empire seam and then scatter up to the neckline. The dress is suspended from tiny double straps that curve over each shoulder. The bodice is kept simple with a low scoop at both the back and the front and a high seam under the bust. From under the empire waist seam the skirt cascades to the floor and widens out as it nears the hem. There are yards and yards of fabric in the skirt and it is made up of three layers, the top net layer that floats over an inner silk chiffon layer and then under those two layers is the lining. The dress comes with its original matching caped scarf piece. This has a built in collar that hooks to close and then the collar has the same sequin detailing done to it. The caplet is cut to end just at the empire waist seam at the front and then hangs with long panels that trail over each arm and around the back all the way to the hem. It is incredible and when you move it catches the air and moves beautifully. Excellent condition.
The skirt is fully lined in an peach silk crepe with an additional layer of a brown silk chiffon between the skirt layers. The bodice is lined in a nude silk. The capelet is unlined and made from a single layer of the netting. The dress closes with a back painted metal zipper and the cape closes with two hook & eye at the collar. Hand finished throughout and hand applied sequins on the dress and collar of the capelet.
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Empire waist at seam: to 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from top of shoulder straps to seam under the bust
Skirt: 48" from seam under the bust to hem
Cape: neck is 14" around. It falls 10" at its shortest length at the front and 60"to the longest length
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.