mr blackwell

1960s Mr Blackwell Custom Feather Dress

An incredible piece that is from the Mr Blackwell Custom label - which was his made to order, one of division. How I wish I knew who this was made for as she must have been someone quite fabulous! He was renowned for dressing the most extravagant women of his time so who knows? It is constructed from an off white raw silk on the exterior and a killer, high grade bright yellow interior silk. This pop of color is wonderful! The skirt of the piece is entirely ringed with hand placed rows of ostrich feathers! It can be worn as a dress but the skirt technically does not close so it can be worn layered over other pieces. The construction on it is beautiful - all hand finished and meticulously done. An exception piece with huge wow factor! Excellent, seemingly unworn condition

Fully lined in high grade yellow silk that is all hand set. Closes with hidden, fabric covered buttons that are set on the bodice only. The skirt portion does not truly close. It overlays over its self for s good 2.5-3". The feathers are in excellent shape and not shedding.

Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 13" from neck to waist
Skirt: 24" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML

Item# DD1293

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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