1940's Hattie Carnegie Black & White Lace Illusion Asymmetric Strapless Gown

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Hattie Carnegie is very often associated with elegance and high fashion. Carnegie’s fashion philosophy is summed up as "the woman should wear the clothes, not the clothes wear the woman." Her clothes were particularly popular in California, and many movie stars were known to wear Carnegie’s creations. This helped spread her reputation and establish her as a tastemaker across the country. This breathtaking late 1940's gown is a perfect example of her genius. The fabric mix itself is a masterpiece; French floral patterned black lace with white silk-organza underlay. The strapless bodice is hand-pleated and hand-stitched into place with interior boning. I love the asymmetric lace design and hourglass nipped-waist! The full-length skirt flows in a perfect "Old Hollywood" swing style. Truly, this garment would have taken days to finish. A pure work of art and a study in dressmaking technique. Breathtaking and timeless; I totally imagine this gliding down the red carpet!

Bust:36-37 inches
Waist:26 inches
Hips:Swing Sweep
Length top to waist:10 inches
Length waist to hem:44 inches

This vintage designer Hattie Carnegie gown is in excellent condition with no rips or holes. Perfectly working back metal-zipper. Only sign of wear is slight color-transfer to the organza underlay which is not noticeable when worn. This garment is over 70 years old and is truly stunning!
Hattie Carnegie
Place of Origin
United States
Dealer Location
Beverly Hills, CA
Number of Items
Reference Number
Timeless Vixen
By Appointment Only
Beverly Hills CA 90210
By Appointment Only
(424) 275-6306
1stdibs Dealer since 2012 Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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