1950s Unlabeled Very Well Made Black Silk Full Skirted Silk Cocktail Dress
This dress is a little mystery as to its origins but is made to a very high quality so I would not be surprised to find out one day that it was a designer piece whose label has been lost. It is made of a black silk that has a touch of stiffening to it that really allows it to retain the fullness and shape that you see. It came with a separate stiffened silk organza underskirt and the outer skirt still sits well over this on it s on and the fabric itself is responsible for the fullness you see. There are many couture level details, like the knife pleats set on a curve around the side of the waist. It has been done beautifully and this helps to shape the dress as well as adding detailing. The bodice is fitted with a shaped bust and pretty curved sweetheart neckline. The sleeves are a masterpiece and truly give the dress its couture feel. Each is poufed high and formed on a curve with pleats caught up at the seam and then expanding up and outwards to form that circular feel. Overall excellent condition with notes to review below
Fully lined through the bodice with a cream colored silk and closes with a back, hand set painted metal zipper. It has an attached silk tie at the waist and its original cream silk organza crinoline. The inner lining is starting to shatter in places. There is a small repair on the back of one arm and there two tiny holes in the skirt that gets lost in the folds. Please see the last two photos after the inner crinoline shot. The crinoline closes with hook & eye at the waist and is in fair condition. It is wearable but has some fraying at the raw edges everywhere and the waist has been taken in a not at some point. It would be easy to let out again.
Shoulders: no defined seams
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam with generous cups that would probably fit to a C
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16' from shoulder to waist
Skirt: 28" from waist to hem with 5.5" turned under
Waist: 13.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
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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