mr blackwell

1960s Corded Mr. Blackwell Custom Gown

Really fantastic long, lean gown that combines the simplicity of a little black dress with the customs workmanship and impact of that highly appliqued skirt! The top portion is all seamed to follow your curves in a simple sleeveless almost shift like shape, with the waist gently defined. A scooped neckline adds to the simplicity. The lower portion of the gown is anything but simple though! It is meticulously and carefully appliques with flat cream cording that is laid into place almost architecturally so that each side is a mirror image of the other. Interspersed amongst the cording are prong set rhinestones that give the piece the subtlest of glimmers as each rhinestone catches the light. It looks to have been worn little if at all. The custom label implies just that - it would have been a piece made or tweaked specifically for one person or at most a very very few women! A superb gown and in excellent condition.

Bust: 18.5" from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Bodice: approx 15.5" from shoulder undefined waist seam
Skirt: approx 39" from undefined waist seam to bottom hem

The dress is fully lined in black silky rayon and closes with a back zipper.

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML

Item# DD543

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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