hardy amies

1960s Hardy Amies Deep Turquoise & Printed Silk Organza Dress w Matching Ruffled Capelet

The Hardy Amies label launched in 1946. In the beginning of his career, Amies' only did couture pieces and it was not until 1950 that he added a ready-to-wear label. The RTW label was still very high end and the pieces had a lot of the same hand finishes that the couture label had. In 1951 Amies was chosen to design some of the wardrobe for Princess Elizabeth’s tour of Canada. That led to Amies appointment as the Royal Dressmaker in 1955 after Elizabeth became the Queen. Hardy was known for his elegant lines and very high quality fabric choices. 

This dress is gorgeous in person and the photos do not convey the lightness of the fabric and how it will move once it is on an actual body. It is made out of a light weight silk organza that holds the colour on it exceptionally well. The fabric is very light but still has a structure to it that helps to hold the shape and lines of the dress. It is the perfect fabric choice to create volume without bulk or heaviness. The blue is lovely with a touch of a turquoise feel to it. Screened onto the silk is a print done in rusts and taupe. The dress itself is cut with simple lines. Tiny straps curve up and around each shoulder and the bodice is fitted under that. The waist nips in and then the skirt flows to the ground widening out from the hips so that it has quite a bit of volume to it. The skirt is made out of many yards of the silk with the top layer floating over an inner silk lining. All of the volume that you see is created by a combination of the way the skirt is set into the waist and the fabric choice. It is just lovely. Over the dress goes a little matching cape that simply ties into place at the neck and floats over the shoulders. It is cut to end just below the waist at the back and then curves around to come up just a touch at the front. The edge is finished with a six inch ruffle that perfectly picks up the skirt's shape and volume. It is just beautiful. Excellent condition with a small note to review below

The dress is fully lined in a blue silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. There is a light spot near the front seam of the skirt that gets lost in the pattern. Please see the photo after the label shot. The cape ties at the neck and is unlined.

Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: " flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 45" from waist to hem
Cape: 18" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1586

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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