norman norell

Spring 1968 Unlabeled Norman Norell Deep Brown Dress w Dipped Back

This was obtained from a client who was a long term client of Norell and though it has lost its label it is a Norell. Of course provenance is everything so it is priced far lower then it would be with its label so its a steal.

The dress is chic and sophisticated. I think every collector of vintage cannot go long in collecting before a Norman Norell lands in thier closet. His dresses are cut with a master's hand and every line and seam is deliberately placed exactly where it should be. This particular dress is a classic silhouette and can be worn on its own or with something layered under it or over it. I know it is not as flashy as some pieces are in vintage, but it is beautifully made and the type of dress that is a solid basic for any closet. It is a sleeveless wool crepe shift dress in a deep chocolate. Don't be fooled by it's simplicity - it is seamed and constructed to couture levels and the finishes within it are superb. The front is suspended buy little straps and then it is cut in a chic sheath. At the back, it dips into a soft curve to leave an expanse of skin showing. This is a classic dress that will last you a lifetime and never go out of style. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in a matching brown silk that is entirely hand set. It closes with a hand set side metal zipper. At some point the hem was let down and the edge is finished with the ribbon he used on his inner seams. The inside lining is cut and not attached/finished around the inner edges. It could be worn as is or shortened to your desired length.

Bust: 16.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 16" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 38" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# DD3512

Reference Photo: Vogue, March 1968.

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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