Exceptional 1950s Haute Couture Maggy Rouff Dress
The woman behind the Maggy Rouff label was Maggy Besançon de Wagner and she started her own label in 1928 after a working at the Haute Couture house of Drecoll. The Maggy Rouf house joined the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris in 1929 and continued to produce Haute Couture until 1965. Maggy gaibed early recognition by designing for the some of the Starlets of the day like Theda Barra, Pola Negri, and Greta Garbo.
This is a stunning and perfectly cut little black day or cocktail dress that has the Haute Couture, numbered label of the Rouff atelier. The work is exceptional throughout and of course it is made entirely by hand right down to hand finished interior selvages. It is made of a felted wool and seamed to perfection. The skirt portion is fitted around the hip and flares out as it nears the hem. It is almost impossible to see with it being black and only in a photo but the back seaming curves in from the waist and them narrows to end at either side of the middle seam at the back - this creates a gentle curve so the skirt hugs and shapes the bottom. The waist nips in and the bodice is fitted to curve around the bust. I love the way the panels sit at each bust to give a slight bit of extra fullness and the shoulders are cut wide so it leaves an expanse of skin showing. Lovely domed jet buttons give it a subtle bit of sparkle. It is just extraordinary and a dress made to last a lifetime whose classic lines will forever remain in style. Excellent, museum quality condition.
Unlined with partial lining through the bust area. Boning through the bust area as well. Completely hand made and finished to Haute Couture standards. Numbered label
Wide cut shoulders: 19"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 14" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 28.5" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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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