1950s John Wanamakers Red Silk Gown
This gown is insanely gorgeous and in person it is even more so. The color was very hard to photo - it has a definite pink undertone and is that magical color that lands squarely between red and pink and is partly dependent on the light in deciding. It makes me thing of cherry Popsicles - because of the layers of silk there is that same depth and translucent perception while being opaque. The only tag is from the exclusive Tribout Shop that was found in the John Wanamaker department store based in Philadelphia. This boutique within the shop sold heavy hitting lines like Madame Gres, Ben Reig, Mainbocher, Bill Blass - the list goes on and on. Maddening, this gown has no other label besides that one,† and yet it has all the hallmarks of a very expensive, custom, high end couture piece. The work and finishes are hand done and the design and fabric are of the best possible quality. Three tiny silk straps suspend the gown from each shoulder, The bodice is shaped and gathered by hand with a nod to the Grecian Goddess. The inner silk chiffon and silk skirt hugs the body while the top chiffon layer has yards and yards of silk that flow from the waist and into an expansive skirt with a series of trumpet pleats. It is heartbreaking and truly beautiful! Excellent conditionItem# E445
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