1950s Hand Painted Dance Dress & Shrug

This is a very rare textile - the body of the dress is made of a feather light silk paper that has been entirely covered in a stunning hand painted design done in a gold paint. What makes it even more special is that it come to you completely unworn - it still retains the cord that the store tag would have attached to inside the shrug! It is beautifully cut with a simple bodice, nipped in waist and a full skirt. Each shoulder and the banding at the waist are constructed from panels of satin in a complementary coral. Onto this satin are tiny flatted piped criss crossed thatching of the same paper silk. The charming little shrug gives the barest of coverage to the shoulders and upper back. It is lined in that same brightly hued satin - a wonderful nod to the attention paid to the details then. Extraordinary and a rare find to be in such pristine condition! Excellent condition!

Bust: 18" from side seam to side seam
Natural waist: 13.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 16" from shoulder to top of the waist band
Waist band: 1.75" wide
Skirt: 26" from bottom of the waist band to bottom hem

The shrug is 14" in length and 15" across at the bottom The dress is unlined and shrug is lined in the same silk satin that details the waist and shoulder straps. It closes with a side set painted zipper. The shrug has no closure. It was photoed with an additional crinoline that is not included. It still has its original twill cord inside the shrug that the store tag would have hung from. Hand finishes.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# D398

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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