1940s Jacques Griffe Haute Couture Draped Black SIlk Satin Dress
This is a rare and early design by Griffe and would have been made entirely by hand in his Paris atelier. The dress showcases some of his signature design elements. The strapless bodice was a favored silhouette and the rich silk satin used for its construction had enough weight to allow him to drape and cut it to form the exact shape he was after. The richness of the fabric also adds a layer of texture and richness to the gown. The bodice is strapless and fitted to the bust. Inside, it is boned and has small front padding inset by hand so the wearer can forego undergarments there if she wished. An attached panel in the same fabric gracefully curves up and around the neck and then trails down the back. This was a signature of Griffe during this time period and was copied endlessly by others. The skirt wraps around itself and then curves gently upwards at the back where the ends overlap. A wonderful example of his work. Excellent condition
The dress is unlined through the skirt and lined in a fine black silk through the bodice. There is wire boning and padding inside the bodice interior. The dress is entirely made by hand as Haute Couture demands. The silk satin shows nothing more then normal patina for its age. There are no significant pulls or scuffs.
Bust: to 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of dress to waist
Skirt: 42.5" 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.
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