1960s Jean Louis Demi-Couture Silk Chiffon Dress w Caped Bodice

Jean Louis is the designer who created that dress that Marilyn Monroe was sewn into when she sang Happy Birthday to  President John F Kennedy. Louis worked in the movies heading the costume department at Columbia Pictures before starting his own label in 1961. Once he began designing under his own label he concentrated on suits and evening wear and was known for his beautiful fabric choices.

This is a wonderful example of that and the dress is very pretty and romantic. The combined effect of that feminine cut and gorgeous fabric will make you feel like you are floating into a room on a cloud of flowers. It is cut with a strong nod to those dramatic gowns of the 1930s and 1940s that Louis excelled at in his movie days. The bodice is fitted with an almost cape-like chiffon overlay that wraps all the way around the neck and over each shoulder to create a soft suggestion of sleeves. The neckline is cut wide and once on will sit on the very outer edge of the shoulders. The waist nips in to balance the volume above and below and the skirt flows out from there to the floor. The skirt has a wonderful fullness and volume to it and the choice of chiffon keeps it light as air. I absolutely love this dress. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a pink silk crepe with an additional layer of silk organza that backs the more full outer layer in the skirt. Closes with a hand set, back painted metal zipper and has a waist stay that closes with flat hook & eye. Hand finishes and made to demi-couture standards.

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD1264

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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