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1950s Ceil Chapman Slight Off Shoulder Fitted Blue Silk Dress

This beautifully constructed 1950s Ceil Chapman dress is made from a silk that has been dyed a deep ocean blue. Chapman is best know these days for being one of Marilyn Monroe's favorite designers and it's easy to see why but she was also favored by Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Deborah Kerr to name just a few. Chapman's signature style was all about being a bombshell and her dresses that had loads of sex appeal are her most favored now. The dress really showcases Chapman's attention to detail and her love of using gathering and seaming techniques that showcased curves. The skirt is lean and fitted with a pretty bit of curved seaming that is offset to the side, just under the waist line. This gives the wearer the illusion of an even smaller waist then she has. At the back the skirt is cut in a modified mermaid style with a bit of extra fabric set in on an extended curve where there would normally be a vent. This does two things. It allows you to walk,  and it also adds a pretty flaring detail to the back that further accents your natural curves. The waist nips in and the bust has a soft curving seam. The shoulders are set wide and almost sit off the of the shoulder. This leaves the collarbone and the tops of the shoulders bare. The simple cut combined with the amazing blue make it a stand out. Excellent condition

Fully interlined in a deep pink burgundy silky rayon and closes with a back painted metal zipper. Piping along the waist. Light boning through the sides.

Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 27" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2440

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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