Extraordinary 1950s Sophie of Saks Gold Silk Skirt w Extensive Hand Applied Black Cord Appliqué

This wonderful little skirt is from the time period that Sophie Gimbel was designing the Saks in-house ready-to-wear line. Her pieces were very expensive and she was known as being one of the best designers in America. Most were as close to demi-couture as one could get at this time and like this one, they had extraordinary little details and were extremely well made. Sophie worked at Saks from 1931 through to 1969 and the label on this one dates it to her work of the 1950s. 

This is an extraordinarily rare piece and it is one that I have had tucked away for many many years. It's made out of a copper gold colour silk for its base and this gives it this pretty luminescent quality. Onto that silk base is a heavily detailed design created by the application if a black silk cord. The cord is all laid out and stitched into place with thousands of meticulous little stitches. This creates this really interesting raised detail and gives the skirt its gorgeous texture. The band around the waist has been left without any embellishments so you get that touch of contrast and it is fitted around the waist. From there it curves out and over the hips and then flares  out to the hem. It is not a full circle skirt by any means but it definitely has volume. The cording helps to hold the shape and it sits perfectly on the body. If you really wanted it to stay full you could add a light underskirt. It is beautifully made and there are hand finishes throughout. This is the epitome of that perfectly made little skirt that can go from day to cocktails. Excellent condition with a small note below.

Unlined and closes with a back metal zipper and flat hook and eye at the waist. Hand finishes. I see one small smudge on the waist band and it looks like it was let out around the zipper at some point but you have to rally look to see the evidence of that. Please see the photos after the label shot. 

Waist: 15.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 29" from waist to hem with 2" turned under the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG

Item# DD4535

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