1950s Gaby Couture Embellished Silk Strapless Gown & Cover

The designer behind this label was British couturier Gaby Young-MacKinnon. Gaby started off as one of Christian Dior's muse and house models and later started her own atelier in Mallorca Spain. The gown is tremendously beautiful and has all the hallmarks of Haute Couture. It is entirely made by hand and the fabric is a rich, heavy weight, pale pink silk satin. It is strapless with curved seams over the bodice and is highly embellished by hand. It is cut to fit around the bodice to just the top of the hips. It is a little large for my mannequin and I do not like to over pin garments so on the right size girl this will fit like a glove and the sweep of the skirt from the fitted bodice will be more pronounced. Inside is a boned bodice that closes with a series of inner hooks to hold the dress in place. The work on the bodice is beautiful with a dense application of hand set beads and rhinestones and you can easily see the influence of Dior in this one. The spray of rhinestone and glass tube bead clusters continues down and over the entirety of the skirt. It comes with its original pink silk satin trained "jacket" that sits over the shoulder and trails down each side. Good condition with some items to note below

There is a boned inner foundation garment and a series of hooked stays that run down and behind the zipper. Stiffening fabric through the hips. The dress and shawl are both sound and sturdy but there is "grubbiness" to the fabric of both wit the most showing along the hem of both. I have photoed the worst areas. Surface scuffs to the fabric here and there but nothing that stands out as a large flaw. It looks like the side seams of the bodice were let out at some point. There are some beads missing but enough overall that some could be moved form other areas to fill. Inside I see some shattering to the silk near the top edge of the bodice and at the top of the boning pockets. Completely made by hand as Haute Couture demands and remarkable construction. This is a stunning gown that is still wearable with care and a little TLC.

Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam, with generous room for probably  up to a C cup
Inner waist stay: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 10 " from top of bodice to true inner waist
Skirt: 44" from inner waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED

Item# E646

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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