1950's Elizabeth Arden Beaded Champagne Organza & Lace Gown

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Breathtaking champagne silk-organza & lace gown created by Italian designer Fernando Sarmi when he was head designer for Elizabeth Arden in the 1950's. Ferdinando Sarmi expressed interest in fashion during his youth but was discouraged from pursuing a design career by his father. Sarmi stated in a 1965 interview with Time, "in Italy, when the oldest son tells his father he wants to be a dress designer, it's like a woman saying she intends to be a prostitute." During the late 1950's he developed a wonderful reputation as a top designer, wooing an influential clientele that included celebrities, New York socialites and foreign dignitaries. Pat Nixon wore a Sarmi gown to her husband's second Inaugural Ball in 1957. He was best known for opulent evening looks and for his use of extravagant fabrics. This heavenly goddess gown is a perfect example of his genius. The flattering bodice is a sheer-illusion sleeveless plunge. Hundreds of sparkling sequins & rhinestones adorn the chantilly-lace. Elegant pintuck detailing by the hourglass nipped-waist. The yards and yards of flowing silk-organza that finish off this garment create a beautiful ethereal vibe. I totally see this gown gliding down the red carpet.

Bust:33-34 inches
Waist:25 inches
Hips:Free Sweep
Total Length:59 inches

This vintage designer gown is in excellent condition with no rips,stains or holes. Perfectly working back metal-zipper. This item is over 50 years old and is truly stunning.
Ferdinando Sarmi
Elizabeth Arden
Dealer Location
Beverly Hills, CA
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Timeless Vixen
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Beverly Hills CA 90210
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(424) 275-6306
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