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1950s Fine Sequin Ceil Chapman Wiggle Dress

A very fine sequin wiggle dress by Ceil Chapman is a treasured find. If you love it in the photos you will be  astonished when you actually get to see the level of construction and work that would have been done to so densely hand apply all the tiny sequins by hand to cover the dress with this amount of coverage. The base is a black silk crepe that is cut to mold itself to the curves of the girl who wears this. This is entirely covered in glossy black sequins except for the very top of each shoulder. The dress seems to be sculpted to create a second skin. The skirt hugs the hips and is cut close to the leg with a side vent to allow you to walk. The waist nips in to create that sexy hourglass, bombshell silhouette and it is swept up in a half twist and gives the appearance of a wrap finish. The bodice is fitted with a V neck and the back finished with a low curved scoop. The workmanship is exquisite and it is absolutely stunning and provocative. Excellent, museum quality condition.

Fully lined in a black silk. Closes with a back painted metal zipper. Perhaps an occasional sequin missing but no bare areas that I can find. Hand finished interior. Very light and fluid.

Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Length: 25" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD1941

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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