1974 Hand Painted Thea Porter Couture Corset Dress
The combination of silk taffeta and lace with the added touches of the hand painted design (perhaps done by Thea herself) makes this Couture label gown very special. The bodice has a strong nod to the corset and this silhouette was a signature of Thea's. Here it is done in a moire textured black silk taffeta with flat velvet trim. Over the high waist and cascading over the skirt is a layer of fine hand made black lace giving the piece a beautiful texture and feminine feel. The sleeves are created from only the lace so you see the skin of the arm through them. They are great voluminous things and each is caught up at the wrist with a combination of elastic and pretty velvet ties. The velvet ties are picked up at the waist as to perfectly bring it all together. Whimsical nosegays are painted onto the front and back and this subtle bit if color give it both a pretty and unique touch. Stunning and rare. Excellent, museum quality condition.
Note that it does close fully at the back but was too small to do so on my mannequin. I have included a photo of it completely closed. I have also had a few queries on being able to let out the seams so I have included two photos - one of the extra fabric around the zipper and the other the fabric at the seam. This same amount is also present on the other sides seam of the interior and on the other side of the zipper.
Fully lined in a black silky rayon and closes with a hand set back zipper. Hand finished throughout. Each cuff has elastic and the black velvet ribbon bow to finish. Hand painted fabric.
Shoulders: 11" (inset)
Bust: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 11" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 32" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS
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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