1950s Dorothy O'Hara Unusual Black Front Panel Dress
This little black dress is absolutely gorgeous on and off the body with a clever and unusual front draping and seaming details. The fabric is seamed and pleated to form a long inverted V down the front that meets another seamed panels that swoops across and around the waist. From one side the fabric then extends into a long front panel. The bust line is cut in a V and the shoulders are rounded and follow the arm to just below the elbow. Dorothy O'Hara pieces have one thing in common - seaming, sexiness and they are all about highlighting a girl's assets. O'Hara was based in California and was a favorite of starlets and wanna be starlets, renowned for her figure hugging and enhancing dresses - especially the ones done in black. Her signature is a curving fit that is created but panels and inset that cinch in the waist and create the illusion of that coveted hourglass figure. This dress would date to the late forties early fifties and is wonderful. Excellent condition.
Unlined and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Ribbon edged interior hems and hand finishes.
Sleeves: 17.5" approx.
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: 16-16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44.5" 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.