1960s Pierre Balmain Lace Cuffed Dress

From the Pret-A-Porter line this early 1960s dress is a chic sheath of black velvet with a surprising lace detailing! The cut is simple and stark with a high rounded neck line that has been left unadorned. The velvet is cut to fall to just at the ankle and has no horizontal waist seam to break the line - it is a single drape of fabric whose shape ix created by long vertical seaming. A small slit is on one side of the hem. The sleeves are cut straight and long and explode into a full circle cuff. Each of these spectacular cuffs are then fitted with a circle of white lace - I photoed the lace in its full circle so you can see. On a real girl when she is moving the effect caused by the sudden flash of white lace is startling and dramatic! Excellent condition

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulder: 15.5"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from neck to hem

Fully lined in handset black tissue silk through the body and the sleeves are unlined. It closes with a hidden, hand set back zipper. Each sleeve has a full circle of lace hand set into the cuff. There is the slightest bit of change in texture to the velvet from the pile pressing in opposite directions but its consistent and does not detract. I am being super picky

Modern Sizing equivalent: MED

Item# DD1136

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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