1950s Silk Beaded Cocktail Black Dress

I love this very chic, Balenciaga feeling silk 1950s cocktail dress. It is a definite nod to the silhouette most popular in the highest circles of fashion at that time. The bodice is set high above a banded waistline. The shoulders move seamlessly into wide cut above the elbow sleeves. The neckline is rounded and high. The bead work that adorns the neck is fantastic and continues down over the bodice and onto the sleeves. Matte charcoal faux pearls, rhinestones and little glass jet beads make up the beautiful pattern. The skirt has soft pleats just under the waist band for a touch of fullness and to emphasize the slightly rounded shape and then it narrows in at the knee. Really a little gem! Excellent condition.

Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: approx 18" flat across but no true side seams because of how the sleeves are cut
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 12" from shoulder to top of waist band
Waist band: 4.5"
Skirt: 24" from bottom of waist band to hem

Self lined in black silk and closes with a back metal zipper. Hand finishes inside. Note that some photos were lightened and this makes some of the fabric appear to be discolored - it is not!

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# E461

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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