1940s Anna Miller Silk & Lace Gown
This is a gorgeous and extremely well made 1940s gown that is labeled Anna Miller Original. Early on, this label was designed by a Hollywood costume designer Earl Luick with Bill Blass brought in as an assistant in the late 40s and then went on to head the label till it was merged and became the Maurice Rentner label. I have many Blass pieces and I have to tell you that you can see his influence in this piece and I would suspect it was made at some point while he was there. The construction is extraordinary. There is a proper grosgrain waisting inside so secure the gown perfectly. The under skirt is a fine silk and edged in a band on tulle. The over skirt has an immense amount of fabric - yards and yards of it really. The entire exterior layer is made of soft machine lace with pretty flat piped bands of satin circling at 4" intervals through the entire skirt. The top is cut simple and perfect with a pretty piped detail ringing the scooped neckline and wonderful capped sleeves. Really a fantastic piece and in excellent condition.
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