1950s Strapless Demi-Couture Paul Dauuay Fitted Dress
Here is another from my recent European acquisition and boy is it a beauty. This one appears to have been entirely made by hand to couture standards and does have a label. I believe it says Paul Dauuay and was made in Geneve. He was undoubtedly one of those small, local couturiers that though not a sanctioned Haute Couture member, was obviously making dresses to that standard. So this is to haute couture standards but considered demi-couture since he was not a member. While researching his name it was interesting to find that a piece from this same label was in one of the Elizabeth Taylor auctions so his clientelle was very high end indeed. Even without that Hollywood association, the dress itself is amazing. It is strapless and fitted. I suspect it is from the early 50s based on that amazing hip detail - the kind of finish held over from the forties that one would still have seen. It is made from a black crepe and is sculpted and seam to hug and fit the body perfectly. The upper edge of the bodice turns down to form a "collar" and it glides over the bust to a nipped in waist. The hips are fitted with that dramatic panel hand gathered and placed on the hip in a marvelous swoop of fabric that curves down to join the skirt. It buttons down the side to the hem where weights are set within the hem and inner silk lining so that it all falls perfectly into place. It is honestly magnificent and very sexy and chic. Tremendous workmanship and an inspired design. Excellent condition
Made to couture standards and partially silk lined. Boned through the bodice and weighted throughout. It closes down the side with fabric covered buttons to just under the waist and hook & eye. A metal zipper lies under the buttons at the waist as well. Built in padding at the bust. The inner construction is wonderful.
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10" from top of dress to waist
Skirt: 44.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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