Prettiest 1950s Marshall Field Black Silk Cocktail Dress w Unusual Bodice Detailing
This is a beautiful 1950s cocktail dress has a very unusual bodice. The only label still present inside the dress is one from the Marshall Field Specialty shop. They carried high end pieces and pieces from various designers of the era. I wish I knew who this one was by. It is very well made and with that unusual bodice and cut it is hard to imagine that this one is not by one of the designers of that time period. It is made of that rich silk that is so definitive of this era. The bodice has a more fitted feel and is suspended from wide straps that curve up and over each shoulder. The front of the bodice is amazing. Each side is made from a panel of fabric that is folded over and sewn along the sides. This forms a pocket that is open from the top. Doing this allows the fabric at the front to drape forward slightly and gives the illusion that you have a bigger bust than you actually do. There's also darting that emphasizes the bust even more. I have never seen anything like it and it's very unusual. A panel runs behind where they meet in the center for modesty and to hold them in place. The waist is cinched and the skirt falls under that. It is softly pleated all around the waist and that gives the skirt volume as the pleats open. I photoed it without any extra crinoline underneath but I think you could add a small one if you wanted it to be even more of a cupcake feel. It is beautifully made in a very interesting piece. I love it. Excellent condition
Fully lined in a black encloses with a back painted metal zipper hand finishes.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to natural waist
Skirt: 30" from natural waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED
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