tina lesser

Spectacular 1960s Tina Leser Original Printed Silk Voile Extra Long Angel Sleeve Dress

Tina Leser opened her first shop in 1935 and became known for her use of fabrics curved from far off locations. By 1944 she had been awarded the Coty award. In 1948 she took a trip around the world and the places that she went influenced all of her future collections. She loved to take a fabric that was seen as being for casual wear for this time period and using it for evening wear or vice versa. The Tina Leser Originals label launched in 1953, closed in 1964 and then re-opened in 1966.. This is one of the best pieces I have seen from her and is truly a spectacular example of her work. 

More then anything I love the extreme sleeves on this dress. The are truly spectacular. Each sleeve falls to past the knee. It is shaped like a normal sleeve from the shoulder to the elbow and then extends down from there into those long slit panels that you see. These give the dress a wonderfully exotic feel and they create tremendous movement when you move. They are also lined in a soft pale blue to offer contrast against the exterior fabric. The fabric that the dress is made of is equally stunning. It is actually a beautiful light silk voile that is entirely covered in the print that you see. The pattern is fantastic. The intricate design covers ever square inch and you can see how it incorporates that same blue that lines the inside of the sleeves. The front has a high neckline that is detailed with a collar of hand cut out flowers in two sizes. These are then hand placed around the neckline so they form a wonderful 3D effect. The dress falls from there in a generous cut that is meant to just skim over the curves with just a suggestion of shape at the waist. It widens out gently as it nears the hem and there is a high slit set off side at the front for a bit of leg to flash when you walk or sit. It is gorgeous. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in an orange silk through the body with a wide band of blue silk around the inner edges. The lower part of the sleeves are lined in a soft blue silk voile. It closes at the back with a painted metal zipper. In person the dress has a slightly paler, softer feel to the overall colour. It is even better in real life. 

Sleeves: 42"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59.5" from neck to hem
Slit: 31" up from hem 

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD3575

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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