norman norell

1960s Simple & Chic Norman Norell Black Shift Dress

Chic and sophisticated, the collector of the little vintage black dress really cannot go long before a Norman Norell lands in her closet. His dresses are cut masterfully and beautifully with every line and seam placed exactly where it should be. This particular dress is a fabulous example of just that and I love it. It is a chic, slightly textured, wool sheath that has fabulous little top set pocket detailing on each hip. The neckline is high with a neat little collar and the upper bodice accented through beautifully curved seaming. The sleeveless silhouette feels modern and fresh. and the gentle A-line of the hem is very flattering when on. Don't be fooled by it's simplicity - it is seamed and constructed to couture levels and the finishes within it are superb. A classic that will last you a lifetime and then still be relevant! Excellent, appears unworn condition.

Fully lined in black silk and closes with a back painted metal zipper. The front pockets are tiny but functional.

Bust: 17.5-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 41.5" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD2291

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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