philip hulitar

1950s Rare Silk Beaded Philip Hulitar Gown

This gown is absolutely incredible and so rare. It really is one of the most phenomenal dresses I have ever had and a highly desirable label! The fabric is a heavy weight, luxurious silk satin in a deep, rich golden cream. Onto this is a hand done floral design, appliqued on in layers of sequins, beads and rhinestones. There is even silk fabric worked into the design that gives it a 3D effect. This completely covers the front bodice and trails down over the waist. Another huge applique sits just above the curved side slit. The cut is all bombshell Hollywood starlet goddess. A fitted, strapless bodice follows every curve. It cinches in at the waist  with a flat piping detail and then curves over the hips into a narrow curve to the floor. The side slit overlaps and is cut on the curve. Everything about this gown is cut to emphasize your curves! The bodice is lightly boned and all those beaded and detailed appliques are set and applied by hand.  The back is cut so that there is a train like fullness near the hem! Excellent condition and a rare museum worthy piece.

Fully lined through the bodice in a cream silky rayon and the skirt is lined in a nude silk organza. There is boning in the bodice. It closes with a back painted metal zipper. All hand work from top to bottom. Note that along the very top edge of the dress where it would sit under the arms the fabric started to split. I had some small stitches along the edge to secure it. It is priced accordingly. If not for these small flaws that are not seen when on it would be priced several hundred dollars more!

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam with an A to small B cup
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of the bodice to the waist
Skirt: 42" from waist to back hem, the front curves up slightly shorter

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD1566

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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