philip hulitar

Rare 1959 Philip Hulitar Floral Gown

Philip Hulitar only designed under his own label for a short time period - 1949-1964. Prior to that he was the in-house custom designer for Bergdorf's. His pieces are very beautiful and have an air of sophistication about them. Finding examples is hard due to the short period his label existed. My client purchased this dress in the spring of 1959 so I am able to date it exactly! It is an extraordinary piece and gives a hint of what was to come in the sixties while still maintaining the formality of the fifties. The fabric is a silk weave with a textured linen like feel to it. The top is cut with curved, graceful shoulders and both the front and back drop into somewhat low V's. The waist is highlighted with a darling flat bow and then that wonderful skirt flows in a column to the floor in all its glorious color! Huge blossoms are custom screened onto the fabric of the skirt and the mix of pinks, mustard, lime and emerald is amazing. A slit allows for ease of walking. The entire interior is hand finished and line din a silk organza. It is in fabulous, museum quality condition and all the colors are as crisp and bright as when they where first done! So beautiful, it is an amazing and rare piece of fashion history and in excellent condition.

Shoulder: no defined seam
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam, unstretched to about 23"
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam, unstretched to about 20"
Hips: 21" flat across from side seam to side seam, unstretched to about 20-21"
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist
Skirt: 41" from waist to hem

Full lined in a white silk organza and closes with a back painted metal zipper. The green is a deeper hue then photoed - if you look at the label shot it is more of the true color. The colors through the skirt are also a bit deeper then how it photoed.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (2-6)

Item# DD1048

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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