harvey berin

1950s Harvey Berin Silk Illusion Dress

Truly beautiful fifties cocktail dress. It's really an exceptional piece designed by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin. Impeccably constructed it is a joy to see on a real girl. The cut follows every curve and the skit is a long lean pencil shape made of black silk crepe. The waist cinches with a 4" banding. The top of this piece is really what gives it the absolute wow factor. A nude blush pink corset top sits under transparent silk chiffon in black. The bust is peaked - its really two pointed triangles that cross each other and are curved and seamed to follow your bust line. The color peaks through the black in the most provocative way. I love the bow - its the same silk satin used for the corseted inside but its center knot has been carefully covered in black silk crepe to make it all work perfectly! And don't think the back won't leave them panting after all that - it's a deep V that allows you bare skin to give a subtle sexy departure! Gorgeous and in excellent condition!

Inside Bust: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5-13" flat across the back from side seam to side seam?
Hips: 16" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
- flat front pleats will allow it to expand to 19" flat across from seam to seam
Bodice length: 13" from shoulder to top of waist band
Waist Band: 4"
Skirt length: 25" from bottom of waist band to hem

The dress is fully lined with black silky rayon through the skirt and self lined through the bodice with that same silk satin. The bodice has light boning through the sides. It closes with a low painted metal zipper at the back that starts at the waist seam

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML (6-8)

Item# DD509

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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