ceil chapman

1950s Ceil Chapman Silk Brocade Gown

Oddly I just had what would have been the sister to this gown a few weeks ago - same fabric but with a slightly different bust! I absolutely love the color of this piece - it's a rich combination of a silk peach base with a swirling design of gold and silver delicately woven through the fabric. The cut is fairly simple with no sleeves and a scooped neckline. The waist nips in and the skirt is set with spaced inverted pleating so you don't get any bulk around the middle but the skirt is still allowed to widen as it reaches to the floor in one beautiful sweep. A wide sash in the same fabric is attached around the waist and a huge flat bow sits just above it. The dress has a fantastic romantic, pretty and light feel, but is still regal and beautiful. Excellent condition.

Bust: 17.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice length: 13.5" from shoulder to waist
Skirt length: 35" from waist seam to the bottom of the hem

Fully lined through the bodice in a a matching peach silk, the skirt is unlined. It closes with a back painted metal zipper. Perhaps a touch richer in color in person. Hand finishes. There is a touch of breakage to the silk lining near the top neckline inside but it is still sound.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD855

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

Setting up a layaway is super easy and we are happy to provide this service!

Here's how deposits work on a standard layaway:

  • We require three equal payments of the layaway total. You will be invoiced for the first amount upon request
  • payment two of the remaining balance will be billed two weeks from the date of the initial deposit.
  • The final payment is due two weeks after the second payment and shipping will be billed on this invoice as well.
  • items less then $500, or that are on sale, require a 50% deposit with the final payment due in two weeks from the date of deposit 

Read More

We offer flat rate Standard UPS shipping worldwide. All shipping options are displayed at checkout in the pull down menus provided.

Want it faster?

We offer flat rates for expedited and express shipping options - these will also display at check out and can be selected with the drop down menu during the checkout process.

Read More


Please review all measurements carefully. More often than not, vintage garments do not fit any size category exactly. If in doubt, measure a garment of your own that fits and is a similar cut and compare it's measurements to the listed measurements below.