1950's Norman Hartnell Beaded Ivory-Creme Lace & Satin Dress

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Norman Hartnell was Britain’s most successful and distinguished mid-twentieth century couturier. He was the first in a wave of London-based designers to emerge in the 1920s and 1930s who offered wealthy British women an alternative to patronizing a court dressmaker or purchasing a Paris-designed model. His graceful, feminine designs, which combined dreamy nostalgia with fairy-tale glamour, appealed to English sensibilities. His role as dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II won him international recognition and honors. This ethereal french-lace & satin party dress is a perfect example of his brilliance. The bodice is a heavily-beaded and rhinestone low-cut plunge short-sleeve hourglass design. I love the matching adorned waist-belt. The scalloped-hem full circle-skirt finishes this masterpiece off with a perfect "new look" silhouette.

Bust:33-34 inches
Waist:24 inches
Hips:Free Sweep
Total Length:47 inches

This vintage designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips,stains or missing beadwork. Perfectly working back metal-zipper. Only sign of age is some spots to the inner lining which is not seen when worn. This item is over 50 years old and is truly stunning!
Norman Hartnell
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Beverly Hills, CA
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