1950s Stunning Demi-Couture Level Helga Silk Satin Dress
The designer behind the Helga label and her partner/husband were avid collectors of art and it is said that they used their trips to Europe to not only buy fabric but to buy art. Helga's dresses always have this clean. almost sculptural line in them and I think that heavy influence of extended trips to Europe mixed with endless parties and soirees within the art world play a heavy influence on her pieces. They are also very well made - this one is made to demi-couture standards - and the fabrics she brought back from those trips of the highest quality. Here we have a dress that is that classic beautiful fifties silhouette with fairly simple lines and yet still has a sense of drama and couture. The skirt is full and sits slightly dropped from the curved in waist line. It has an interlining of silk organza that helps to retail the fullness and the rounded soft pleats that are set into the seam at the hip help as well. The shape you see is the skirt itself with no additional crinolines added. Having that seam sit just below the actual waist and the fabric above curved and seamed in, give the illusion of an even smaller waist and hourglass figure. A large flat bow sits at the base of the waist and above that the fabric is almost sculpted to the body with beautifully cut curved seams defining the neckline. The back plunges quite low into a deep V. Very chic. Excellent condition.
The skirt is fully interlined in black silk organza and the bodice part lined in silk with little cups at the breast. The finish is primarily by hand throughout. It closes with a back painted metal zipper.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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