1960s Black Lace & Net Simonetta Sheath Dress & Cape
Simonetta Visconti opened a design studio in in 1946 and quickly became a favored designer in her native Rome. In 1952 she married fellow Italian designer, Alberto Fabiani and the label grew and prospered as Italian couture designers were among the favore d of the jet set of the era. In 1962 they opened a short tlived label together Simonetta et Fabiani and by 1965 she was back to her own label and lived in Paris until she sold the label in 1972. This dress dates to those Paris days and showcases Simonetta's more refined aesthetic and love of evening wear. The dress is made of layers of lace on a black net backdrop. The black net used as the base has a touch of transparency which gives the dress a very unique feel when you move. A brave girl will wear something underneath meant to be seen and those more demure can wear a slip. The cut of the dress is simple with tiny straps, a straight across neckline and sheath like cut that skims over the body. Over this pops a little cape that is made of the same lace and net. This has an elastic that runs through its top that lets you wear it low on the shoulders or higher on the neck. You could wear it over one shoulder only or, I think you could even scoot it down to the hip and create a peplum feel. It is very versatile. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a back zipper. It has a built in bra that shows some wear - this could be removed altogether and you could just wear your own garment underneath. The cape has elastic around its upper edge.
Bust: 17-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15-15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from shoulder strap to hem
Length: 10.5" top to bottom
Width: 14-20" elastic side to side
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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