Ted Lapidus began selling his designs in the 1950s in Paris. By 1963 his work garnered him a spot as a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and he added Haute Couture to his ready to wear lines. This dress is from his more expensive ready to wear line and is beautifully made.
This is a wonderful example of how romantic his work could be. It has a soft and flowing feel to it yet it is fitted through the waist and still gives you shape. It is made of a silk chiffon with a ribbon effect that is fused directly into the silk. This gives the fabric the texture that you see and really plays on the different transparencies of the dress. Where the dress is unlined through the upper bodice and sleeves you really see the square pattern it creates and how you get a glimpse of the skin under the silk. All thin strip of gold thread runs vertically through the silk along the edges of the ribbon that catche the light and give it a touch of glamour. The bodice has in inner more fitted silk halter suspended by tiny straps and over that the outer layer is set to blouse over with a scooped neck and long sleeves. The waist nips in and the the skirt flows out from there to the floor. Yards of bias cut silk are used on the silk and it is very full when you move. A stunning floral print runs over the bodice and down the front and the back off the skirt and the colors of it absolutely pop off of the black. The dress is very well made and even better in person and on an actual body where the fabric can really move and flow as it was meant to. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a painted metal and nylon zipper on the interior and then the exterior buttons to close over that. Each sleeve buttons to close. This is the main label line not the boutique label
Inner bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Inner lining hips: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to waist but meant to drape a touch
Skirt: 42" from waist 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.