1950s Ivory Silk Pleated Dress in the Manner of Jean Desses

This is a wonderful little dress in the manner of Jean Desses. It unfortunately does not have a label so I am hesitant to attribute it to his work though it may be a ready-to-wear piece. Given its design and lines it certainly could pass as one and I think that for those that love his work this is a find indeed. It certainly utilizes his signature, elaborate pleat work in its construction. The fabric is an ivory silk chiffon of very fine quality and an extremely hard fabric to work into pleats like this one has been. The dress molds to the bust with beautiful pleat work and panels that curve up and around each shoulder. It is cut to follow and highlight every curve as it flows to the waist line. The skirt is entirely made from pleats and is an absolute marvel of construction. On each side of the skirt, front and back, draping, curved panels trails out from the waist and curve up and around the skirt. This perfectly highlights the yards and yards of silk that form the skirting. Even if unlabelled it certainly showcases some of Desses strongest signatures and is a stunningly beautiful piece. Excellent condition.

Lined with an ivory silky rayon. It closes with a side painted metal zipper with hand finishes and hand draped pleating. Light boning through the bodice and inner waist stay that closes with hook and eye. It is a truer, light ivory color in person

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16.5" from top of shoulder strap to waist
Skirt: 29" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# E617

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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