norman norell

1950s Norman Norell Sheath Dress

When you need that perfectly made, forever chic LBD this is the type of dress you reach for every time. Norman Norell is the master of the little chic day or cocktail dress and even though his pieces sometimes appear simple they are really a study of cut and perfect construction. This dress is made of a medium weight wool crepe that walks the line perfectly between drape and form. It is a simple sheath with pockets hidden along its side seams. It has an attached belt that you can tie loose so that you keep that sheath feel or cinch to create a more curved shape. It is sleeveless and I love the little tag inside that tell you which way is the front. The inside is beautifully finished to a couture like standard. There is always one small but perfect detail in a Norell piece and on this it is that unusual softly gathered collar that give the neckline a slight fullness and edgy feel. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a fine grade black silk with hand finishes and ribbon edged seaming. It slips on to wear and one shoulder closes with hidden snaps. The tie belt is original and attached.

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 36" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED

Item# DD1695

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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