Stunning 1950s Demi-Couture Washed Print Silk Taffeta Dress

I recently received a few dresses from Europe that are maddening in that they are obviously demi-couture but have no labels to verify their origins. They are extremely well made and have the inner finishes that belie their high end origins. This means that the girl that buys them is getting exceptional quality for a very good price. This is one of them and is truly a beautiful dress - the likes of which I rarely come across from this time period anymore. It is very well finished in silk with hand finished interior edges and a hand set zipper - indeed, the entire thing appears to be hand finished and it may very well be a true haute couture piece that has lost its label. The exterior is a beautiful cut that has an almost Dior feel to the design, though it could well be any of the great houses from that time period. The bodice is fitted to the body  with this amazing panel that swoops down the front and eventually turns into an extravagant hip, half bow, panel. What is truly incredible is that the same panel continues to wrap around the shoulder, looping through the straps, and then coming back to secure under the front. Really a remarkable design that creates a stunning portrait collar effect. The skirt is cut beautifully full and falls just past the knee. I did not add a crinoline - it has a natural volume due to the cut and the fabric choices. It is also interesting to note that the skirt is cut from a single panel of fabric that is set to wrap over its self at the front. There are no seams at all and this excessive use of fabric is something you only see in very high end pieces from this time period. I absolutely love it and think the new owner will be thrilled once it is received. It is a very special dress. Excellent condition.

Fully interlined in a fine white silk organza. It closes with a hand set painted metal zipper at the back. Hand finished throughout. Internal net boned corset that is stitched into place so can be removed if a little more room is needed through the bust and waist.

Bust: exterior 18" flat across from side seam to side seam, with the inner corseted bust approx 17"
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam, with the inner corseted waist approx 12"
Hips: open
Bodice: 21" from neck to dropped waist seam
Skirt: 26" from dropped waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML

Item# E602

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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