philip hulitar

1950s Rare Philip Hulitar Silk Dress

This dress is absolutely incredible and so rare. If you are a regular it may look familiar - I actually have sold this dress before but the woman who bought it wore it to an event for an hour and will not wear it again so I talked her into letting it go to another lucky girl! It really is one of the most phenomenal dresses I have ever had in stock and I will be just as sad to see it go this time as i was the first as it is one of the best 1950s cocktail dresses I have ever seen, with or without it's highly desirable label! It is really a thing of beauty - the fabric is a heavy weight, luxurious silk satin in a deep, rich cream. Onto this is a custom, hand screened floral design, whose blossoms are further emphasizes by an applied velvet layer. The silk velvet follows the colors of the flowers and gives it rich, second layer. Other parts of the gown have had cut out flowers from the same fabric that have then been hand sewn into place - applique style for a subtle third layer to the design. The cut is all bombshell vavoom. A fitted, hand draped and pleated strapless bodice follows every curve. It cinches in at the waist and then has a slight tulip shape as the skirt curves over the hips and sweeps up and over the front to a sexy hip swag on one side.† The bodice is lightly boned and all the draping and pleating to form this highly sculptural shape are hand stitched into place. Excellent condition and a rare museum worthy piece.

Bust: approx 16.5î flat across from side seam to side seam with an A to small B cup
Waist: 14î flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 19.5î flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 11" from top of the bodice to the waist
Skirt: 23" from waist to hem

Fully lined through the bodice in a cream silky rayon and the skirt is unlined but with ribbon finished seam work. It closes with a hand set side painted metal zipper. There is a very slight line on either side of one seam where it looks to have been taken out but it was an amazing job and looks old so has been left. I have had the boning inside recovered for my client as they were popping out and uncomfortable - this was done by hand and to couture level standards. All hand work from top to bottom. Note that some of the threads are starting to age where some of the hand sewn draping is. I have left it all as found original- this was the same when originally sold and has not worsened so I chose to leave it.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (4-6)

Item# DD1065

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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