harvey berin

1960s Harvey Berin Original Quilted Gown

A superb gown that uses texture and fabric to bring richness to the piece. This allows the cut to be kept refined and simple. The bodice is made of a luxurious black velvet with minimal seaming. The shoulders are rounded and the sleeves are each a column of black velvet. A V dips at both the front and back - it is actually quite low at the back even on a girl that the dress would fully zip (it appears lower than it really is here since it was too small to fully zip up on the mannequin) The skirt is a quilted off white A-line that sweeps to the floor. There is subtle padding under the quilting and this helps to add texture and to hold the shape of the skirt. It is stunning and in excellent condition. You could add a sparkly brooch at the neckline or an elaborate neck piece to add tot he regal feel this beautiful gown has. Berin was a favorite of Pat Nixon and Ladybird Johnson and you can see why in this classic gown! Excellent condition

The top is fully lined in black tissue silk and the skirt in a off-white tissue silk. It closes with a back painted metal zipper. Each cuff has hidden snaps. Hand finishes. Note that it closes to about 6" above the back waist line - it is too small to close on the mannequin. It does not open to the waist as pictured.

Shoulders: no defined seam
Sleeves: 21.5"
Bust: 18" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11.5" flat across the back from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15" from shoulder seam to top of detailing at the waist seam
Skirt length: 39" from top of detailing at the waist seam to bottom hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS

Item# DD762

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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