norman norell

Early 1960s Norman Norell Pink Gingham Silk Dress w Bow & Pouf Sleeves

Norman David Levinson launched his label - Norman Norell in 1960 and he was quickly the darling of the social set and starlets. Lauren Bacall often wore his pieces fr example. He was known for his impeccable tailoring, meticulous fit, and quality fabrics. He often took day shapes and made them out of more evening appropriate fabrics - like fine silks as this one has been created from. He had the unique ability to translate Paris couture into American ready-to-wear and with prices to match their French counterparts.

I absolutely love this dress. The lines and cut are somewhat similar to a dress I have had in the shop previously that was dated to 1963. This one is even better then that one was with its bright and cheerful checked print. The silk is a very high and fine grade and I love a pink and white gingham print. It has an extravagant and wide, attached tie in the same fabric that you can use to create a dramatic bow as I have. It comes with its original belt covered in a matching fabric which allows the waist to be cinched in tight. The sleeves are incredible. Each is cut on a curve to follow the natural shape of the arm. The pouf up at the shoulders and narrow to the wide cuffed wrist. Each cuff is a full 4" long and closes with four thick, hand cut mother of pearl buttons. The interior of each sleeve is finished in a silk organza so that the sleeves keep that volume that you see. It is cut to be more fitted through the bodice and then the skirt has incredible volume. I took a photo of the inside so you can see how its gathered up and through the waist to give it that fullness. If you wished to, you could add a crinoline to get a really full look.  It closes down the front with another row of those same thick MOP buttons in a larger size then the ones on the cuffs. The workmanship on this dress is incredible. This is an amazing example of his early work and of dress making during this time period. Excellent condition with one small note below

Fully lined in a hand set white silk through the bodice and ivory silk organza through the sleeves. The skirt is unlined. Closes down the front with a series of hand carved MOP buttons. Each sleeve has four MOP buttons. The white on the silk of the belt has darkened a touch over time as you can see in the photos. The back of the belt is stamped Norman Norell. Hand finished. One side of the tie at the neck is slightly shorter then the other but this is how it is meant to be so that when you tie it they fall evenly. 

Sleeves: 26"
Slightly inset shoulders: 13"
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 14.5" from top of bodice to bottom of the waist banding
Skirt: 35" from waist to hem with a 5" hem turned under

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3318

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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