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1950s Ceil Chapman Floral Wiggle Dress

This is a beautifully constructed 1950s Ceil Chapman constructed from a customs screened, printed polished cotton - an unusual fabric choice for Chapman but one that works spectacularly. Chapman is renowned for being one of Marlyn Monroe's favorite designers and its easy to see why - this dress scream bombshell! The dress really showcases Chapman's attention to detail and love of gathering and stitching the fabric. The techniques used are infamous amongst girls in the know for how these dresses drape over a women's body to create curves whether you have them or not! The skirt is lean and fitted and looks to be a wrapped sarong but that is just a clever illusion. The waist nips in and the bust has been hand draped and gathered into soft pleat detailing Those are all hand placed and stitched pucker pleats along the top allowing it to flares out a bit when worn - it is wonderful! Excellent condition. Item# 2-DD330

This dress was featured in a September 2010 issue of Hello Magazine!

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