teal traina

1960s Sculptural Black Silk Teal Traina "Tuxedo" Dress

A classic black dress never goes out of style and this one is a clever play on a men's tux whole still feeling completely female. It is constructed from a high quality black silk that holds the sculptural shape of the dress but is not too heavy to wear once on. The top is cut in a simple design with wide straps that curve up and around each shoulder. The front has a pretty scooped neckline that is mirrored on the back. I love the double row of buttons that sits at the front under the belt and suggest the feel of a formal tuxedo but not in a literal way, just enough that it is an interesting detail. All of the buttonholes set behind each bold button are properly finished even though those buttons are decorative only. This is a great sign of the care and attention to detail that went into this piece and really shows the quality. The skirt flows over the hips and is cut on an A-line with a beautiful sculptural feeling to it. The lower hem is accented by a panel of the same fabric with the weave of the fabric set the opposite way giving is a visual contrast when the light hits it. A really great piece. Excellent condition

Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a back painted metal zipper. The very tiniest hint of fading along the very upper edge of the interior arm sleeve - I am being extremely picky but it is noted for accruracy - it is not something that shows once on. The belt is original and closes with hook & eye that can be adjusted easily for the perfect fit.

Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 13" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 37" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1409

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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