norman norell

1963 Normal Norell Judy Garland Black Crepe Sheath Button Dress

This is the twin of the dress that was worn by Judy Garland in 1963. It is tiny and I would like to think that somehow it is that exact same dress but I have no provenance to be able to prove it. What I do know is that this is one of Garland's most iconic photos and that the dress is incredible. having the photo also gives you an extraordinary example of just how fabulous it is on the body.

Norman Norell dresses were not only extremely chic and sophisticated, they are also cut with exception mastery. Every line and seam is placed exactly where it should be to flatter the body and create an air of sophistication. This particular dress is a fabulous example of just that and the lines of it are amazing. It is a chic wool jersey sheath whose fabric has a bit of texture to it and has a long and sleek line to the cut. The neckline is squared off and the sleeves are capped. There is an attached piped belt made of the same fabric that ties, and defines, the high set empire waist. From there it falls in a sleek column that gently widens out as is nears the floor. It closes off side and with a tightly spaced row of black buttons. These start at the square neck and run all the way down, ending with an open vent below the last one so if you choose to do a drama pose in it like Judy did, you can! Don't be fooled by it's simplicity - it is seamed and constructed to couture levels and the finishes within it are superb. I love it. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a fine black silk and closes at the front with the buttons as shown. The attached belt ties into place. Proper button holes finishes on all. Hand finished throughout and made to demi-couture standards.

Shoulders: 14"
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Seam under the bust: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 10.5" from shoulder to seam under bust
Skirt: 42" from neck to hem, with 2.5" turned under the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XXS-XS

Item# DD3377

Reference Photo: Judy Garland in Norman Norell by Richard Avedon, New York, January 7 1963.

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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