helena barbieri

1950s Strapless Floral Silk Chiffon Helen Barbieri Dress

Helena Barbieri pieces are magic. She designed evening and formal wear through the 1940s and into the late 1950s. Her work was always very feminine, with simple lines and using only the best fabrics. She then often added elaborate embellishments and detailings that took her dresses to a higher level and really gave them a touch of a Hollywood feel. I love finding her dresses because they feel rather timeless and stand up well to modern pieces even though they are all in the 70 odd year old category based on when she was designing. This dress is exceptional and it literally looks like it was never worn. The inside is all done in white and it is as fresh and pristine as it would have been when made. The dress is just so beautiful. It is made of two layers - a more fitted sheath of silk twill that has a silk chiffon overlay. Both layers have that same beautiful print of those huge pink blooms and the effect of the two layers over each other give the pattern depth. The bodice is fitted with an inner construction that adds support, and then the inner layer falls out from that. The outer layer floats over this in a slim column at the front and at the back it is gathered into an extravagant panel that floats to the floor.  At the small of the back two huge deep pink silk flowers nestle and give the dress its final, perfect romantic finish. It is the perfect balance of femininity and structure and this stunning Barbieri dress is like a breath of fresh air. Excellent condition

The inner silk twill part of the dress is fully interlined in a white silk organza and close at the back with a painted metal zipper. The inner bodice has another layer done in a thicker grosgrain like fabric and this portion is boned for support.

Bust: 16-17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Under Bust: 13.5"
Natural Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 48.5" from top of bodice to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD2541

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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