1950s Demi-Couture Level Nazareth Velvet Applique Dress

This dress is absolutely incredible and made to very high standards with lots of demi-couture level finishes. It really is a beautiful little dress and I suspect that at one point it had a designer label but that is lost to time and it now only has the label "Nazareth" which I suspect was a shop name and secondary label back in its day. It is really is a thing of beauty - it is made of three distinct fabrics - an inky black cotton velvet for the main body and then the skirt has applique of a black silk satin with silk cor applique over that. The cording follows the flower design appliqued all around the skirt and creates a rich textural experience that is quite beautiful and is all done by hand. To offset all that gorgeous handwork, the bodice is kept simple with a scooped neckline and no sleeves. It cinches in at the waist, curves over the hips and sweeps out to a pretty fullness. Underneath the skirt are attached inner layers of tulle, net and silk. Excellent condition.

Interlined in a silk taffeta and closes with a back painted metal zipper. The inner skirt has three layers, an inner silk lining and a layer of tulle net and pleated chiffon trimmed in lace. Mostly hand finished and all the applique work is by hand. Note the shoulders sit a little higher up but where tight on the mannequin so I styled it more off shoulder for the photos.

Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 44" from shoulder strap to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# E604

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