Amazing 1950s Fred Perlberg Hand Painted Silver & Gray Strapless Dress w Pleated Shelf Bust

I am very excited to bring you our latest mini capsule collection. This is one of nine dresses from a single owner collection. Her collection was lovingly sourced over decades and she has decided that it is time let them back out into the world for others to enjoy. For this capsule we have moved forward to the 1940s and 1950s. Really good examples from this era are becoming increasingly hard to find and these are all gorgeous little examples of that time period. This is just a tiny sampling of her overall collection and I hope to have more of these capsules for you in the future.

Fred Perlberg is an interesting designer. He started his label in 1920 at the grand old age of 19 and continued as the designer until 1968 when he retired. The Perlberg company dresses were well made and done in small production runs so that they could focus on good quality pieces. This is an amazing and early example.

I love this dress. It is strapless and has such incredible volume and movement once it is on the body. The bust is inset with an off white organza that is intricately pleated and is set shelf bust style and on a curve to emphasize the breasts. The contrasting colour of that detail to the rest of the dress also brings added attention to the bust which was the intention. The bodice is fitted and then the waist nips in. Below that the skirt flares out to be tremendously full. I have added a light crinoline underneath to show you how full it is but even without it you get the sense of fullness because of the way it is shaped and seamed. The fabric is extremely lightweight and it is very unique. The base is a light blue toned grey coloured cotton that has been completely hand-painted with a silver floral design. It is hard to convey in words the unusual texture that this gives the fabric and when you feel it for yourself you will agree that it is astonishingly good. I love this dress. Excellent condition. 

The bodice is lined in a cream silky rayon and the skirt is unlined. It closes with a back metal zipper and the bust is lightly boned. It appears to have been worn very little

Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 9.5" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 29" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# D648

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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