Rare Late 1940s Jacques Fath Pale Nude Silk Organza Dress w Full Skirt & Plunge Front
Jacques Fath showed his first collection of just twenty garments in the spring of 1937. It was received well and he steadily built a strong clientele and became of of the busiest ateliers in Paris. He eventually expanded into the America through the American manufacturer Joseph Halpert. In 1949, Fath signed an agreement to produce two ready-to-wear collections a year with Halpert. This dress is from that early label and it has some extra historical significance since this agreement was one of the first of its kind between a couturier and a RTW company. The Fath label was shuttered in 1957 after Fath's death three years earlier. One of his signature looks was a low plunging neckline and this dress has just that.
The dress is not perfect bit it is still so beautiful that I hope that someone can love it for its history and beautiful lines. The fabric that it is made out of is incredible. It is a silk organza and it feels like it has been treated with something that has added a touch of stiffening to it. Silk organza already has an incredible ability to hold its shape while being virtually weightless and this fabric seems to have just a touch more hold then usual. The silk has been dyed to the perfect nude blush pink. The fabric is semi-transparent and but there is so much of it that there is a real illusion effect created. A modern woman could wear this with a full structured underdress, choose a simple light slip or even just wear only nude undergarments under it if she dared. The dress curves over the shoulder with wide straps and then crosses over itself at the front. There are tiny pleats that you see as it gets closer to the waist. The waist is cinched for shape and then more of those tiny and perfect pleats circle the hips and open to the extraordinary skirt. There are yards and yards of fabric in the skirt and it is cut to perfection. The hem is cut so that the sides are slightly longer then the front and I love how it has volume even without anything underneath. There is so much fabric in there that you could easily add a crinoline if you really wanted it to be very full. The dress does have some flaws. It is sound and wearable but please review the full condition report below.
The dress closes with a side painted metal zipper and is unlined. I see a small tear in the fabric near the waist and another near the base of the arm opening. There are stains throughout the skirt that are primarily near the hem but there are some higher up as well. I see a couple of small well done repairs. Please see the photos after the label shot. There looks to be older repairs to parts of the seams on the bodice and a repair beside the zipper at the back. It is sound and wearable as is with care. It could be easily worn as is for a shabby chic feel or perhaps dyed to hide some of the discolourations.
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 12.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15.5" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 57" from waist to longest point of hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
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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