1950s Avant Garde Couture Level Butterfly Cocktail Dress

This is an incredible couture level 1950s dress that has a beautiful and unusual avant garde cut and design. There is no label but I am sure that this has to be a designer piece as the workmanship and extraordinary design has the feel of a high end piece. The textile that it is made of is just amazing - a truly beautiful silk that has that rich, luxe weight to it that only the best, highest quality silks have. Onto this is an embroidered and fused design of beautiful butterflies that fly across the surface. The color and play in texture is stunning. The dress is fitted over the bodice with a cinched in waist. that leaves one shoulder bare. At the other shoulder a pointed and sculpted panel of fabric juts out and is cleverly wired inside so it retains its shape and height. The skirt is marvelous with a wrapped panel that hangs over an inner more fitted skirt. This is cut on an angle so picks up and mimics the angled curve of the shoulder. The level of work and quality to me suggests it was a custom made dress or a very high end piece that has perhaps lost its label. The butterflies are fused into the fabric except where they cross a seam - then they have been partially cut out and sewn over the seam invisibly as if they truly are over the fabric. Very chic and very rare. The photos are not ding this piece justice at all! Excellent condition.

Unlined and hand finished. It closes with a fine metal zipper at the side.

Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 17.5" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 33.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# E580

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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