mr blackwell

1960s Gold Silk Brocade Mr Blackwell Dress & Cape

This is a stunning and beautiful example of Mr Blackwell's custom, demi-couture line. The pieces made for this label were all one of a kind and of exquisite quality and workmanship. It is a fabulous set that still feels relevant now. The fabric is a stunning puffed cream silk brocade that has a gold metallic thread running through it. The depth is then created at the base of the fabric with a taupe chenille - the mix of the three threads together and forming a floral pattern is superb. The dress has a simple shift type bodice with a slightly nipped in waist and capped sleeves that tops a flared A-line skirt. The dramatic cape that tops this perfectly simple dress is my favorite. It curved around the shoulders with a panel on each side at the front and a long slit running between for the arms. Unlike most capes that have an opening worked into the seam these slits are left open right to the hem making them that much more dramatic feeling. Large fabric covered buttons and a rounded collar are the perfect finish. The balance of that dramatic cape and the simple shift dress underneath is perfect. All hand finished and exquisitely constructed. Excellent condition.

The cape is fully lined in a luxurious high end cream silk satin and the dress in a nude silk. Hand finishes to both. The dress closes with a hand set, back painted metal zipper. The cape closes with the fabric covered buttons at the front as shown.


Shoulders: 15"

Bust: 18-19" flat across from side seam to side seam 

Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam

Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam 

Length: 36" from neck to hem


Shoulders: 16.5"

Length: 40" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2243

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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