c1972-76 Norell Tassell Dotted Red Maxi Dress

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The design reins of the Norman Norell company was taken over from 1972 until its closure in 1976 by Gustave Tassell who was also one of the great American couturiers. Gustave won a Coty award in 1962 and continued design at a demi-couture basis even after the Norell label ended. You can see the nod to the archives in this piece as we have in the shop now an earlier, shorter version. Here, Tassel extended the line and undated the cut to make it feel more modern got the woman of the early seventies. The silk is a very fine grade and the finishing details down to couture standards. I love a red and white dot print which is always appropriate no matter what era it is from. It has an extravagant attached tie that sits and extends from the base of the neck that you can use to create a dramatic bow as I have or simply loop it for a more casual feel. The skirt is long and lean and the waist defined by a narrow band of fabric. Very well made. Excellent condition.

Fully lined in fine red silk including the sleeves. Closes down the front with a series of hand covered red silk buttons and then hidden snaps and hook & eye at the waist and below. Each sleeve has a hand set zipper. Hand finished. Note that the color is a true red in person and does not have that slight orange tone the photos show.

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 14.5"
Bust: 17.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 16" from top of bodice to center of waist
Skirt: 41" from center waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.


    Norell Tassell
    Norell Tassell
    Excellent. Please expand description above for full measurements..
    Wear consistent with age and use
    57 in. L
    145 cm L
    17.5 in. (44 cm)
    13 in. (33 cm)
    57 in. (145 cm)
    Seller Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Reference Number
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