norman norell

c.1963 Belted Norman Norell Chic Red Silk Dot Dress

The Norman Norell company officially began in 1960 and he was quickly the darling of the social set and starlets. He was known for his impeccable tailoring and precision in cut. He often took day shapes and made them out of more evening appropriate fabrics - like fine silks as this one has been created from. I absolutely love this dress. The silk is a very fine grade and I love a red and white dot print. It has an extravagant attached tie that you can use to create a dramatic bow as I have. It comes with its original black patent belt which allows the waist to be cinched in tight. Each sleeve is cut wide from the bodice and then narrows to a zippered cuff. This piece (and others to come) were sourced by my fellow dealer and collaborator, David Sheflin, and it is an actual runway sample. All the Norells to list in the near future, including this one, were sourced from one the house models. She dated this one as from the 1963 collection or near to that. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in red silk that is hand set. The sleeves are left unlined. Closes down the front with a series of hand covered red silk buttons and then hidden snaps and hook & eye at the waist and below. Each sleeve has a hidden set zipper. Only the belt has the Norman Norell stamp, the dress itself has no tag. It may never have had one since it was a sample.

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15.5" from top of bodice to bottom of the waist banding
Skirt: 27" from waist to hem

3" high and adjusts to 24 1/4", 25" and 25 3/4"

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD1679

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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